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Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy: Principles and Practices

Class limited to 150 attendees.

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Course Directors

Mohammad R. Salehpour, Ph.D.; X. Ronald Zhu, Ph.D.

Other Instructors

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Staff Medical Physicists and Radiation Oncologists.


November 12-13, 2004. Class registration will begin at 7:30 AM on Friday and class will finish at 4:15 PM on Saturday. There are 7 housrs of classroom lectures and 7 hours of treatment planning demonstrations/workshops.

For more information, please contact Philps Registration at A registration form and more information regarding hotel availability will be sent to you.


Tuition is $500.


Overview: Why IMRT?/What can IMRT do?

Treatment planning/optimization
Different IMRT delivery techniques
New questions raised by IMRT
IMRT specific terminology

IMRT Treatment Planning (General)

Pencil beam
Mathematical optimization
Objective functions, constraints, weights
Gradient search, simulated annealing, genetic algorithms
DVH prescription
Ideal fluence distribution
3D conventional RT vs. IMRT

Clinical Goals and Normal Tissue Tolerances

Treatment Delivery Techniques and Specifications

Varian MLC
Siemens MLC
Physical attenuators

Leaf Sequencing Algorithms

Dynamic delivery

IMRT Quality Assurance

Clinical Indications for IMRT and Site-specific Implementation

Head and Neck
Breast (field-in-field technique)

IMRTBilling and Management considerations

Philips Radiation Onocology Systems Lectures:
Pinnacle IMRT System Specifications, Commissioning and New Developments
Pinnacle IMRT Special Issues
Anatomical Site Specific Issues
DMPO and Biological Optimization
Tips and Tricks

Pinnacle Treatment Planning Demonstrations

Facilitated by Philips Clinical Specialists

Site Specific IMRT Treatment Planning and Pinnacle

Head and Neck
"Other" Sites

Course Objectives

The purpose of this course is to provide the participants with a basic understanding of the principles of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and inverse treatment planning techniques, IMRT treatment delievery, and quality assurance procedures neeeded for safe and accurate patient treatment.

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Intended Audience

This is an introductory course intended for medical physicists and may be appropriate for radiation oncologists, radiation oncology or medical physics residents, and medical dosimetrists.

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