Advancements in Clinical Brachytherapy
Advancements in Clinical Brachytherapy is organized by American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
Course opens: 01/11/2018
Course expires: 01/10/2021
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) designates this Enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Recent advances in brachytherapy techniques have included the use of volumetric imaging (CT, MRI) for target delineation, ultrasound-guided applicator placement, personalized implantation of interstitial catheters, inverse planning dose optimization algorithm and model-based dose calculation methods (TG186). This session will discuss the growing use of these tools and will demonstrate their value in improving patient outcomes in the setting of GU and GYN malignancies. Applications to Head and Neck and breast treatments will also be discussed. The dosimetric impact of volume-based planning will be reviewed with emphasis on inverse planning dose optimization algorithms and the addition of interstitial needles to standard applicators.
After this session, attendees should be able to:
• Demonstrate how volumetric imaging impacts plan quality and potential treatment outcomes in HDR brachytherapy.
• Define the effect of tissue heterogeneity in dose calculation and learn model-based dose calculation methods (e.g. Collapsed-Cone, Grid-based Boltzmann Solve).
• Discuss the potential benefit of custom designed applicators and personalized implantation of interstitial catheters in volumetric brachytherapy.
- CME : 1.25
This program is designed to meet the interest of radiation oncologists, radiation physicists, radiation therapists, radiation dosimetrists, and radiation oncology residents.
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