MR in Radiotherapy 2023

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 28 February through 1 April.

This is a hybrid 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. The course ends with 3 days in Utrecht. During these days there will be lectures, Q&A sessions, clinical implementation workshops, planning/contouring workshops and MRI sequence development workshops. In addition, there will also be demonstrators of workflows on the MRI Simulators and MR-Linac.

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.

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. These modules will be made available at the start of the course and can be followed at your own pace during the following weeks.

  • 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 opportunities for interaction in dedicated Q&A sessions.

  • Live course in Utrecht

The final part of the course takes place at our radiotherapy department in the University Medical Center Utrecht. During these days there will be:

    • Lectures
    • Q&A sessions
    • Clinical implementation workshop
    • Contouring/planning workshop (optional)
    • MRI sequence development workshop (optional)
    • Workflow demonstrators on MRI Simulators and MR-Linacs

The lectures and Q&A sessions can also be followed online and will be recorded and made available afterwards, this is not possible for the workshops and demonstrators

  • Optional workshop: Contouring/Planning

Some of our expert radiation oncologists/RTTs 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. And use these delineations to adapt a treatment plan. During the course days in Utrecht, there will be opportunity to evaluate and discuss the results. 

  • Optional workshop: Introduction to MRI protocol development

This module will cover some background of MR protocols and will be centered around practical sessions on MR simulators working with MR protocols. Participants will learn about the function and interactions of several key parameters in the protocols.

This module is best suited for radiation therapists/technologists and physicists and consists of 2 sessions of ~2,5 hours (30/3 & 31/3).

A preliminary program can be found below.

Sample course

To give an impression of the course format, an example course is linked below.

Registration

Registration can be done through the UMC Utrecht webshop: Registration

Contact

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. 

Contact: rtmricourses@umcutrecht.nl

Program (preliminary, times in CET)
Introduction - Online
DateTitle
28/2 12:30Welcome & Introduction
28/2Lecture: MRI for Radiotherapy - Nico van den Berg
28/2Getting started
- Modules
28/2All modules available (self study)
Q&A - Online
DateTitle
13/3 12:30 - 13:30Q&A session: MRI techniques
15/3 12:30 - 13:30Q&A session: Clinical use of MRI
Utrecht (Lectures and Q&A can also be followed online)
DateTitle
30/3 8:45 - 9:15Registration
30/3 9:15 - 10:00Lecture: MRL: The clinical goals
30/3 10:00 - 10.45Q&A 1
30/3 10:45- 11:00Break
30/3 11:00 - 11:45Lecture: Clinical evaluation of innovation in radiotherapy
30/3 11:45 - 12:30Q&A 2
30/3 12:30 - 13:15Lunch
30/3 13:15 - 16:15Workshop: Introduction to MRI protocol development
30/3 13:15 - 16:15Workshop: Contouring/Planning
31/3 9:15 - 10:00Lecture: MRI motion management
31/3 10:00 - 10.45Q&A 3
31/3 10:45- 11:00Break
31/3 11:00 - 11:45Lecture: The future MRL
31/3 11:45 - 12:30Q&A 4
31/3 12:30 - 13:15Lunch
31/3 13:15 - 16:15Workshop: Introduction to MRI protocol development
31/3 13:15 - 16:15Workshop: Contouring/Planning
1/4 9:30 - 11:00Workshop: Clinical implementation
1/4 11:00 - 11:15Break
1/4 11:15 - 12:15Workflow demonstrator: MR-Linac
1/4 11:15 - 12:15Workflow demonstrator: MR Simulator
1/4 12:15 - 12:45Lunch
1/4 12:45 - 14:00Workflow demonstrator: MR-Linac
1/4 12:45 - 14:00Workflow demonstrator: MR Simulator
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