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Postgraduate Course in Clinical dosimetry

VT 2016
To highlight the current calculation methods for clinical dosimetry and how these are related to the interaction of photons and charged particles and to Monte Carlo calculations. These topics have been treated in the prevous PhD course held in August 2015. The purpose of the current course is to provide an overall deeper understanding of the different absorbed dose calculation methods, how they relate to each other, what kind of restrictions are made and how these methods are applied in the hospital physics daily work.
The course will include the following topics
• Dosimetry and risk estimates for diagnostic investigations using nuclear medicine and radiology
• Dosimetry and treatment planning for radionuclide
• Dosimetry and treatment planning for external beam radiation with photons
• Dosimetry and treatment planning for external beam radiation using protons

Schedule and content

Monday May 30 -  time 09.00-10.00

Coffee and tea are available at the Department of Medicinal Radiation Physics. The department is located in the same building and the same side as were we will have the lectures. The name of the part of the house is called 'Kamprad House'. The department is located on the second floor. The entrance is at the grey surface in the following street photo shown in this link

Monday May 30 -  time 10.00-16.00

  • Introduction to the week – Course leaders
  • General concepts for dosimetry – Gudrun Alm Carlsson
  • Lunch
  • Estimates of deterministic tissue reactions – Quantec-  Lecturer Per Nilsson, SUS
  • Estimates of stochastic risks – Sören Mattsson, LU

    Taskgroups and Committees
  • ICRP – Sören Mattsson, LU
  • EANM – Katarina Sjögreen Gleisner, LU
  • MIRD & RADAR  – Michael Ljungberg, LU
  • ESTRO – Tommy Knöös,SUS
  • IAEA – Tommy Knöös,SUS

Tuesday May 31 - time 09.00-16.00

  • Photon beam quality - Crister Ceberg, LU
  • Tissue characterisation - Alexandr Malusek, Linköping University
  • Lunch
  • Beam modelling - Anders Ahnesjö, Uppsala University
  • Dose calculation algorithms 1&2 - Anders Ahnesjö, Uppsala University

Wednesday June 1 - time 09.00-16.00

  • Reference dosimetry for proton beams - Joakim Medin, SUS
  • Comparison of treatment planning with photons and protons - Marika Enmark, SUS
  • Monte Carlo based independent dose calculations - Rickard Cronholm, SUS
  • Dosimetric challenges in MR-only radiotherapy - Joakim Jonsson, Umeå University
  • International trends in clinical dosimetry - Tommy Knöös, LU

Thursday June 2 - time 09.00-16.00

  • Radionuclide therapy and examples of dosimetry-based treatment planning  - Katarina Sjögreen Gleisner, LU
  • Image-based dosimetry – what are the problems? – Michael Ljungberg, LU
  • Methods to calculate absorbed dose rate from images – Michael Ljungberg, LU
  • Lunch
  • Time activity curve estimations to estimate absorbed dose – Katarina Sjögreen Gleisner, LU
  • Error propagation through the calculation chain – Johan Gustafsson, LU
  • Things to consider for practical implementation of radionuclide therapy dosimetry All lecturers.

Friday June 3 -  time 09.00-16.00

  • Clinical Dosimetry in diagnostic nuclear medicine - part 1, Martin Andersson
  • Clinical Dosimetry in diagnostic nuclear medicine - part 2, Martin Andersson
  • Lunch
  • Clinical Dosimetry in CT, Alexandr Malusek, Linköping University
  • Clinical Dosimetry in interventional radiology -  Michael Sandborg, Linköping University
  • Assigment of individual tasks

Handouts for the lectures can be found here. This is a password protected zip where the password will be send by separate mail. If the zip file is updated then an email will be sent to all participants.


The course is based on a full week of lectures in May/June given by both local and invited speakers plus an individual  work that will be presented at a second occasion in September. Together this will provide a total amount of 7.5 credits. The individual work will be shared by participants so that the result from all participants will form a comprehensive report that all participants hopefully can use. Review will be made through peer-assessment (internal review). Feed-back and final approval of the report will be given by the course committee.

  • The date for first week of the course will be the 30 May to 3 June in 2016.
  • The second date for the course will be Monday 19th to Tuesday 20th. These two days will include the individual presentations.
All lectures will be held at the lecture hall in the Alwall house, which is in the same building as the Medical Radiation Physics. The adress is Barngatan 2A. If you are interested in participating then send an email with you name and affiliation to the email adress Michael.Ljungberg (at) med.lu.se

Individual assignment

As a complement to the week in May/June on lectures the student shall write an individual report on a subject that have been discussed during the week of the lectures. The aim of this part of the corse is to dig deeper inte a certain area of the field. The participant will s elect a topic to work on that must be within the frame the course. This is an excellent opportunity to learn something different and do therefore not need to be close related to the PhD project.

Some important deadlines

  1. Friday 10th of June: The assigment of the topics will be finalised on this day. The participant will send a suggestion for a title and a short description of the proposed individual task to Michael Ljungberg.
  2. Monday 29th of August:  Deadline for sending the first version of the reports to Michael Ljungberg.
  3. Wednesday 31th of August: The participant receive two other reports to give peer-view comments on.
  4. Monday 12th of September. The participant send the responses for the two papers that have been review to the authors.
  5. Thursday 15th of September: The participant send the final version to Michael Ljungberg. When ready, a paper copy and a pdf file will be available for all participants
  6. Monday 19th to Tueday 20th of September: Presentation of the reports and the second meeting in Lund. 

Instructions for writing the report

The report should be a comprehensive review about the assigned topic. The length of the paper should correspond to two weeks of full time work. The style for the writing must follow the instructions below.
  1. All text should be written in Times Roman
  2. Font size for headline  of the work is 16 pts Bold, centered
  3. Font size for name and affiliation 14 pts, centered
  4. First sectional headline - 12 ptx bold
  5. Second sectional headline - 12 pts italic
  6. Normal text 11 pts (new)
  7. Figures and Tables should be included at the place where the are cited. Table text above and figure text below.
  8. References should follow the Vancouver style with numerical  citations in the text.
  9. The last section should have the title "My Learning Outcomes" and here each author should describe what new insight that came out from the work of reading the subject and writing  the text.

Note: All submitted text will be run through the Urkund system to check for plagiarism

Peer-review

Each participant should make a peer-review of two other papers. The two reports that will be peer-reviewed with the decided bu the course leaders.

Instructions for the individual presentations

Each participant will present their work publically and highlight the main sub-topics within the assigned topic. Furthermore, the participant shall also reflect about their only learning outcomes according to what he/she have been writing in the text. The time for this presentation is set to 10 minutes following by some time for questions.

Course Committee

Martin Andersson
Crister Ceberg
Sofie Ceberg
Mikael Gunnarsson
Tommy Knöös

Michael Ljungberg
Katarina Sjögreen-Gleisner

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