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Advanced Radiotherapy Techniques

General Information

Date:             June 9-11, 2015
Location:       Van Peperzeel zaal 
Department of Radiotherapy UMC Utrecht 
Heidelberglaan 100 
3584 CX Utrecht
Language:     English
Coordinator:  Dr. B. van Asselen
Contact:        Therèse Ites

Course description

This course gives an overview of both the physical and clinical aspects of IMRT and other advanced radiotherapy techniques. Since 2003 the department organizes a course on Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT). The content of this course has been adjusted and several topics have been added, therefore the name has changed into Advanced Radiotherapy Techniques.

Although IMRT has been introduced in many clinics, it remains important to understand the basics of IMRT: equipment, multi-leaf intensity modulation, inverse planning, the use of costfunctions, IMRT delivery and QA. During this course the basics of IMRT will be addressed. Besides, several new developments in radiotherapy are added to this course such as the use of biological costfunctions for inverse planning, adaptive radiotherapy, VMAT and the use of stereotactic radiotherapy.

This course is part of the educational program of the Research School for Biomedical Image Sciences, ImagO.

Faculty J.J.W. Lagendijk, Dr G Meijer, Dr. C.P.J. Raaijmakers, Dr. B.van Asselen. Dr. C.H.J. Terhaard, Dr. I.M. Schulz, Dr. M. Van Vulpen, Dr E. Kerkhof, Dr. A.N.T.J. Kotte, Dr J Wolthaus, Dr. J. de Boer. Dr. O. Reerink, Drs C.A. van Es.

Target Audience

This program is designed to meet the interest of radiation oncologists, medical physicists, radiation oncology residents, medical physics residents, PhD students and students (with a master program in (applied) physics, (bio)medical engineering or medical natural sciences) with an interest in advanced radiotherapy techniques. 

Structure of the course

The course consists of 3 lecture days.


For students, PhD students and residents the course is free of charge. For staff members (radiation oncologists and medical physicists) the course fee is €300, -. 


  • Inverse planning
  • MLC and sequencing for IMRT
  • Towards individual optimization of the dose distribution
  • VMAT - concept
  • VMAT - clinical implication
  • Autoplanning
  • Patient QA
  • Position verification and correction
  • Stereotactic RT
  • Flattening Filter Free Beams
  • Adaptive Radiotherapy
  • Intrafraction motion management
  • Protonen
  • MRI-Linac
  • Clinical case: Cervical cancer
  • Clinical case:  Breast cancer
  • Clinical case:  Brain cancer
  • Clinical case:  Head&Neck Cancer

A program can be downloaded (pdf) on this page.


Examination is not obligatory, only in case of: 
  • Students who want to obtain European credits (ECTS; European Credit Transfer System), they have to do a short assignment.
  • PhD students who want to obtain credits for the program of the Research School for Biomedical Image Sciences, ImagO, they have to do a short assignment

Contact and Route

Therese Vogel (t.g.j.vogel[at]

Van Peperzeelzaal
Department of Radiotherapy UMC Utrecht
Heidelberglaan 100
3584 CX Utrecht

To the UMC Utrecht

To the "van Peperzeelzaal" at the department of radiotherapy
Pass the reception at the main entrance of the hospital at the left side and follow the signs "gebouw Q" and/or "van Peperzeelzaal".