wrdth3160  2019-2020  Bruxelles Woluwe

Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 60.0 h
Geets Xavier; Kirkove Carine; Renard Laurette; Sterpin Edmond (coordinator);
Main themes
A. Production of radiotherapy beams : - Cobalt-60, - linear accelerators, - neutron beams, proton beams, heavy ion beams. B. Definition of dosimetry quantities for radiotherapy: - PDD, RTM, RTA, OAR, isodoses, BSF, PSF. C. Quality assurance in radiotherapy : - definition and importance - recommendations - quality control in radiotherapy -quality control of CT scanners - quality control of linear accelerators - quality control of treatment planning systems - in-vivo dosimetry D. Calculation methods for external beam therapy - matrix system in TPS - separation of scatter and primary beam - pencil beam methods - Monte Carlo calculations E. Dosimetry for Brachy therapy
The principle is to teach students the essential theoretical concepts underlying the practice of radiotherapy, both to prepare the student for a possible internship in a radiotherapy department, or to provide him with a solid knowledge of the field appreciated by companies working in the field.
Aspects specific to proton therapy are also discussed.
The course is structured around two main objectives:
  1. To transmit the general principles underlying the delineation of volumes in radiotherapy (mainly GTV - CTV - PTV), as well as their specificities according to the localizations. The clinical aspects (both theoretical and practical) will be taught by radiotherapy physicians oncologists, the physical aspects by a hospital physicist.
  2. Teach students the basic algorithmics of dose calculation engines (including Monte Carlo simulations). This will be exclusively given by a hospital physicist.
Teaching methods
The course is essentially given in lecture format.
Laboratory sessions (computer simulations) are also planned. The student will have to complete two projects for which he / she will have to provide a report each time.
Evaluation methods
Laboratories account for 40% of the mark. For each project, the evaluation focuses on the quality of the programming and the report provided.
The final exam counts for 60% of the mark and is essentially theoretical. This consists of a written part and an oral part. The written part is done with open notebook and accounts for 80%. The oral part (closed notebook) accounts for 20%.
Other information
Slideshows and media are in English. The preferred language for the course is French, but English can be considered on request.
Online resources
All slideshows and most appendices are on Moodle
  • Les diaporamas et les cours magistraux constituent exclusivement la matière d'examen.
Les aspects théoriques sont couverts dans les références suivantes :
  • Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics (Mayles, Nahum, Rosenwald)
  • The physics of proton therapy (Neuwhauser and Zhang, Physics in Medicine and Biology 2015)
Teaching materials
  • Les diaporamas et les cours magistraux constituent exclusivement la matière d’examen.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Biomedical Engineering

Certificat universitaire en physique d'hôpital

Advanced Master in Radiotherapy-Oncology

Master [120] in Physics