MR in Radiotherapy, March 2022

This course is intended for radiation oncologists, radiologists, residents, medical physicists, and radiation therapists/technologists who want to learn about the application of MRI for radiotherapy.

Course format

The course will run from 14 March through 1 April. Registration has closed.

This is an online course. Most of the content will be offered as e-learning modules and/or recorded lectures. These will be made available through https://www.mrinradiotherapy.com at the start of the course and can be followed at your own convenience.

There is a wide variety of technical and clinical topics. You can choose to take a deep dive into the topics most relevant to you and only take the essentials from topics less relevant to your needs.

Additionally, there are several keynote lectures which will be presented live using Teams meetings.

During the course there will be several opportunities for interaction with Q&A sessions and clinical implementation workshops.

Course content
  • Modules

General modules on the basics of MR physics, and theory on commonly-used MR techniques. The physics of an MR-Linac, e.g. system design, commissioning, QA. Additionally, a wide range of clinical radiotherapy applications will be presented for both MR-based conventional linac treatments as well as MR-Linac workflows.

  • Interactive sessions

The course will start with a live introduction and presentation. Following this we will help you get set up for the course. In the following weeks there will be :

    • Additional live presentations.
    • Opportunities for interaction in dedicated Q&A sessions.
    • Workshops where you will discuss some of the challenges of implementing MRI and MR-Linac workflows among your peers.
  • Delineation sessions

Some of our expert radiation oncologists (prostate and head&neck) will demonstrate how they use MRI images to delineate all relevant structures. You will have the opportunity to delineate MRI images yourself on a web-based delineation platform.

  • Optional content: Introduction to MRI protocol development (hosted by Philips)

This module is aimed at (potential) users of the Philips platform and will be hosted by Philips Healthcare. It will cover some background of Philips MR protocols and will be centered around practical sessions on MR simulators working with MR protocols. Participants will be able to familiarize themselves with the user interface and learn about the function and interactions of several key parameters in the protocols.

This module is best suited for radiation therapists/technologists and physicists.

The module is 2 sessions of ~2,5 hours:

    • 23/3 & 24/3, 15:00 – 17:30 (CET)
  • Bonus content: face-to-face session in Utrecht

The face-to-face session is canceled due to the Covid-19 guidelines of the UMC Utrecht. 

Contact & Registration

All live sessions will be recorded and made available through mrinradiotherapy.com. Registrants will receive instructions on how to register for mrinradiotherapy.com one week prior to the start of the course.

The estimated time burden for the complete course is 30-40 hours. The course fee is €750,00

Registration has closed.

Contact: rtmricourses@umcutrecht.nl

Program (preliminary, times in CET)
Week 1
DateTitle
14/3 12:30 - 12:45Welcome & Introduction
14/3 12:45- 13:30MRI for Radiotherapy - Nico van den Berg
14/3 13:30 - 14:00Getting started
14/3All modules available
Week 2
DateTitle
21/3 12:30 - 13:15Q&A session over modules:
- Introduction to MRI physics
- MRI in treatment position
- MR only radiotherapy
- Clinical site: prostate
21/3 13:15- 14:00Prostate contouring demonstration
21/3 14:00- 15:00Prostate contouring – introduction to ProKnow
22/3 12:30 - 13:15Q&A session over modules:
- Diffusion weighted MRI
- MRI/PET
- Treatment set-up: Head and Neck
- Head and Neck Imaging: radiologist’s perspective
- Clinical site: Head and Neck
22/3 13:15- 14:00Head and neck contouring demonstration
22/3 14:00- 15:00Head and neck contouring – with ProKnow
23/3 9:30 - 12:00Optional Philips session: Protocol development part 1 (timeslot 1)
23/3 13:15 - 14:00Q&A session over modules:
- Contrast enhanced MRI
- Fat suppression
- MR Safety
- Clinical site: Cervix
23/3 15:00 - 17:00Optional Philips session: Protocol development part 1 (timeslot 2)
24/3 9:30 - 12:00Optional Philips session: Protocol development part 2 (timeslot 1)
24/3 13:15 - 14:00Q&A session over modules:
- MRI quality assurance
- MRI in Neuroradiology
- MR guided brachytherapy
- Clinical site: Brain
24/3 15:00 - 17:00Optional Philips session: Protocol development part 2 (timeslot 2)
25/3 12:30 - 14:30Clinical implementation workshop
Week 3
DateTitle
28/3 12:30 - 13:15MRL: the clinical goals – Martijn Intven
28/3 13:15- 14:00Q&A session over modules:
- MRL virtual tour
- MRL physics
- MRL linac acceptance
- MRL beam characterisation
- Clinical workflow
- Clinical site: SBRT lymph nodes
29/3 12:30 - 13:15Motion monitoring – Martin Fast
29/3 13:15- 14:00Q&A session over modules:
- ART in Monaco
- MRI acceptance and QA for MRLinac
- MR imaging for the MRL
- MRI sequences for motion monitoring
- Clinical site: Prostate (MRL)
- Clinical site: Rectum
30/3 12:30 - 13:15RT-IDEAL and Momentum – Lenny Verkooijen
30/3 13:15 - 14:00Q&A session over modules:
- MRL reference dosimetry
- MRL treatment planning system
- Treatment response assessment
- Clinical site: Lung
- Clinical site: Breast
- Clinical site: Pancreas

31/3 12:30 - 14:30Clinical implementation workshop
1/4 12:30 - 13:15The future MRL – Bas Raaymakers
1/4 13:15 - 14:00Q&A session over modules:
- Plan specific and online QA
- End to end test
- Clinical site: Oesophagus
- Clinical site: Head and Neck (MRL)
1/4 14:00Closing
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