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Magnetic Resonance Image Guided Radiotherapy (MRIgRT)

Date: 21-22 October 2019 - Fully booked (Next year's course dates 28-29 September 2020 - Registration will open Spring 2020)

Location: ICR and RMH Sutton, SM2 5PT

See Sutton map at the bottom of our contacts page

Unity Treatment Room

Organised by the Biomedical Research Centre of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research, London.

Course outline

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An opportunity to broaden your understanding of the capabilities and potential of MRI guidance in radiotherapy planning and treatment verification. We invite you to join us to hear from leading practitioners in the field, develop skills and share knowledge with other professionals involved in MRI in radiotherapy. 

This two day course aims to improve understanding of MRIgRT, focusing on the knowledge and skills required to support current and future needs in radiotherapy.

The development of MRI in radiotherapy planning involves close communication with radiology and radiotherapy professionals. This course is aimed at all professionals involved in or interested in MRI for radiotherapy, including radiographers, physicists and clinicians.

Course Organisers: Dr Helen McNair, Ms Erica Scurr, Dr Shaista Hafeez, Miss Trina Herbert, and Professor Uwe Oelfke 

Course overview

The course will include taught and practical workshops to:

  • Improve understanding of the basic principles of MRI  
  • Build foundation skills to support the increase in demand for MRI simulation
  • Develop practical skills 
  • Learn about current clinical pathways and the latest research developments 

The practical demonstrations will include: 

  • MR simulation, image acquisition and interpretation, RT set up and safety. 
  • Sequence and parameter manipulation 
  • Adaptive workflow on the MR Linac 

Provisional lecture list 

  • The clinical need for MR in radiotherapy
  • Image contrast, Resolution and Factors affecting signal-to-noise
  • MR Simulation
  • MR planning workflow
  • MR-CT fusion planning
  • Image fusion and dosimetry
  • Safety considerations
  • Regional MR in RT – Pelvis,
  • Regional MR in RT, Abdomen (liver and pancreas)
  • Regional MR in RT, Breast
  • Managing motion (4D)
  • MR in Brachytherapy
  • MR Linac QA
  • Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI) principles and applications
  • Functional imaging

Previous comments from attendees:

“I have now significantly more knowledge of potential for MRI in radiotherapy, its benefits and drawbacks.”  - Clinical Oncologist

“MRI in radiotherapy planning is a lot more complicated than I thought. Highlighted that we would be crazy to do more MRI without an MRI physicist in the trust.”  - Radiotherapy Physicist

“Excellent overview of MRI and how it is and will be used in the future.”  - Radiotherapy Physicist

“Collaboration between diagnostic and Therapy radiographers is vital in MR planning.”  - Therapeutic Radiographer

“Great overall knowledge for all professions interested in MRI, Extremely informative.” - Therapeutic Radiographer

Information for applicants

Registration

Registration is now closed as this course is fully booked. 

Course Fees

The course will cost £190. 

Registration

Apply to reserve your place on the course:

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Numbers of participants are strictly limited to provide a friendly open forum for debate, and to assist in the running of the workshops. Registration therefore is on a first-come-first-serve basis; there are no provisional bookings.

A place will be allocated only on receipt of the registration form together with a cheque, valid quoted payment reference or completed bank transaction (credit/debit card or BACS).

Registration forms without a cheque or payment reference will not be processed. 

Accommodation

Accommodation is available in local hotels. Details can be supplied on request by ticking the appropriate box on the registration form. 

Further Information

For further details on up to date course content call +44 (0)20 86613702 or email Caroline Saunders.

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