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Radiotherapy Physics

General Information

Date:            April 23 - July 5, 2012
Language:     English
Coordinator:  Bram van Asselen

Course description

The course combines theoretical as well as practical information on radiotherapy physics. The first part of the course will discus the basic radiotherapy physics, the second part is on advanced radiotherapy techniques with a focus on Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT).

The department of radiotherapy organizes the course on radiotherapy physics for the master program Biomedical Image Sciences (BIS) of the Utrecht University. Biomedical Image Sciences is an interdisciplinary master's program at the intersection of exact and biomedical sciences. The BIS master's program is offered by the Research School for Biomedical Image Sciences, ImagO.

More information about this course can be found on the BIS website.


Basic Radiotherapy Physics
Dr. C.P.J. Raaijmakers and Dr. B. van Asselen

Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy J.J.W. Lagendijk, Prof. dr. M. van Vulpen, Dr. B.van Asselen, Dr. J.C.J. de Boer, Drs. C.A. van Es, Dr. I Jurgenliemk-Schulz, Dr. A.N.T.J. Kotte,  Dr. C.P.J. Raaijmakers, Dr. O. Reerink, Dr. C.H.J. Terhaard Drs. J. Welleweerd, Dr. Ir. J. Wolthuis

Target Audience

Although the course is developed for the BIS master program, it is open for other students (with a master program in (applied) physics, (bio)medical engineering or medical natural sciences), PhD students and medical physicist in training interested in radiotherapy physics.

Structure of the course

See the BIS website for the course schedule.


For students, PhD students and medical physicist in training the course is free of charge.


Basic radiotherapy physics
  • Production of X-rays
  • Interactions of ionising radiation
  • Dosimetry
  • Calculation algorithms
  • Particle therapy
  • Treatment planning
  • Biological modelling
  • Radioactivity and brachytherapy
Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy
  • Inverse planning
  • Equipment
  • Position verification
  • Image guided radiotherapy
  • Registration of images
  • Quality assurance
  • Clinical cases


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 written exam and 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 written exam and a short assignment.


Bram van Asselen (b.vanasselen[at]

Department of Radiotherapy UMC Utrecht
Heidelberglaan 100
3584 CX Utrecht