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Philips Clinical Implementation of MR-SIM in Radiotherapy: A Study Day 

 

Wednesday 2nd November 2016 | Wellcome Trust, London, NW1 2BE

 

Thank you for your interest in the Study Day.  We are unable to take any further registrations.

 

We would like to invite you to register for the CPD endorsed Philips Clinical Implementation of MR-SIM in Radiotherapy study day, being held at the Wellcome Trust, London on Wednesday 2nd November 2016.

The clinical use of MRI in the radiotherapy simulation and planning process has increased rapidly in the last few years, and most Radiotherapy Departments either require access to MR scanners or have acquired dedicated standalone MR-SIM systems within the department. These developments have created the need for professionals within the radiotherapy team to have an understanding of the physical and clinical principles of MRI, as well as the practical process for its implementation as a modality within Radiotherapy.

By bringing together leading experts in the field, this one day event will provide a comprehensive overview of the current and developing role of MRI in radiotherapy planning for Clinical Oncologists, Radiologists, Radiographers, and Medical Physicists. 

 

Through a series of lectures, user experience presentations and interactive clinical workshops, the Study Day covers:

  • Clinical Indications for MR in Radiation Oncology: Current & Future Perspectives
  • Physical Principles of MRI
  • Hardware/Equipment Requirements for MRI Localization and Simulation
  • MR Protocol Optimization for Radiotherapy Applications
  • Site Specific MR-SIM Clinical Workflows
  • MR Only Treatment Planning
  • Clinical Workshops

Please see below agenda for this Study Day

 

9:45-10:00

Welcome and Introduction

Nigel Deshpande

Philips

 

10:00-10:30

Clinical Indications for MR Imaging in Radiotherapy: Current & Future Perspectives

Prof Nandita deSouza

Professor of Translational Imaging and Lead Academic Radiologist, IC (UK)

 

Session Goals and Learning Objectives:

This keynote talk by a renowned expert will provide a high level overview of clinical rationale for the use of MR in Oncology (radiotherapy) including the modality’s roles in target volume delineation, motion assessment, and treatment guidance. The role of MR in early assessment of response for treatment adaptation and follow up will also be introduced. Current status and use of MR for RT planning in the UK, and future perspectives. The talk may also touch upon interprofessional synergism and clinical collaboration in the development and implementation of MR guided therapy programs for routine clinical use and trials.

 

10:30-11:00

Principles of MR Imaging I:  An Overview

David Higgins

Senior Clinical Scientist

Philips

 

Session Goals and Learning Objectives:

The goal of this session is to provide a brief review of the key physical principles of MR imaging including the basis of signal generation in MR, principles of image acquisition and image formation, basic contrast mechanisms, and a basic overview of main types of pulse sequences used in MRI.

 

11:00-11:20

Coffee Break  - Boroughs Room

 

11:20- 11:50

Principles of MR Imaging II: MR for RT

David Higgins

Senior Clinical Scientist

Philips

 

Session Goals and Learning Objectives:

A continuation of the second session, this session reviews the key physical principles of MR that are important for MR-RT applications including bore size, field strength (T), homogeneity, FOV, , gradients (what they are used for – importance of gradient linearity). A very brief introduction to system related and patient related distortions and their sources is covered. Dedicated MR-RT scan protocols – how are they typically different from diagnostic scan protocols are reviewed.

 

11:50-12:20

Geometric Accuracy & Quality Assurance in MRI

Professor Uulke van der Heiden

Netherlands Cancer Institute

 

Session Goals and Learning Objectives:

The aim of this session is to provide the user with an overview of the key advances that have been made in improving the spatial accuracy of MRI. An overview of the key sources of geometric distortion in MRI and the main mechanisms used to correct for system related and patient induced distortions are reviewed.  General considerations for the design of QA tests and programs for MRI scanners used for diagnosis and therapy.

 

12:20 -12:50

MR Implementation in RT: Challenges, Guidelines and Timeline Considerations

Marielle Philippens MD PhD

University Medical Center Utrecht

 

Session Goals and Learning Objectives

The aim of this expert user experience talk is to provide a high level overview of the practical aspects of clinical implementation of MR-RT in the Radiotherapy Department. The talk will outline principles for establishing access and recruiting skilled staff, training in safety, QA and emergency procedures. Training in scanning for different staff groups. The session will also introduce how to select anatomical sites for, MR-RT protocol development, considerations for scanning at 1.5 v 3T. Image registration and validation, contouring and MR only planning.

 

12:50-1:00

Q & A

Users can submit questions throughout the sessions using their Phone App; a selection of which will be answered by the session experts.

 

1:00-2:00  

Lunch

 

2:00-2:30 pm

User Experience: Collaborations in the successful adoption of MR in RT.

Cynthia Eccles PhD

MR Linac Research Lead Radiographer

Royal Marsden NHS Trust

 

Session Goals and Learning Objectives

This session on clinical implementation describes the process of successful development of an MR-RT provide with a focus on collaboration with Radiology and the overall process of MR-RT service development.

 

2:30-3:00

MR-RT Workshop 1: Brain & Head & Neck

Marielle Philippens MD PhD

University Medical Center Utrecht

 

Session Goals and Learning Objectives

This clinical workshop will introduce users to the key considerations for MR-SIM protocol development in the brain and neck and neck including: positioning and immobilization considerations with MR-coils. Through representative clinical cases users will be introduced to the standard protocol and sequences appropriate for RT as well as the imaging appearances of normal anatomy and pathology and the current and evolving clinical use of MR-RT in these anatomical sites. 

 

3:00- 3:20

Coffee Break

 

3:20-3:50

MR-RT Workshop 2: Prostate (MR Only Planning)

Professor Uulke van der Heiden 

Netherlands Cancer Institute

 

Session Goals and Learning Objectives

This clinical workshop will introduce users to the key considerations for MR only planning workflows for prostate radiotherapy. The session will cover, positioning and immobilization considerations with MR-coils. Standard protocols and sequences appropriate for RT; as well as MR-CAT for dose calculation and image verification.

 

3:50-4:20pm:

MR-RT Workshop 3: Gynecologic & Prostate Brachytherapy

Speaker TBC

 

Session Goals and Learning Objectives

This clinical workshop will introduce users to the key considerations for MR workflows for gynecologic and prostate brachytherapy. The session will cover, positioning and immobilization considerations with MR-coils. Standard protocols and sequences appropriate for RT; as well as workflows for dose calculation and treatment delivery are reviewed.

 

4:20-4:50pm

MR-RT Workshop 4: Interactive User Workshop - Clinical Workflows & Quality Assurance on a Dedicated MR:SIM Unit

Lynsey Cameron Clark

MR-RT Applications Specialist

Philips

 

Session Goals and Learning Objectives

This interactive clinical workshop will introduce users to workflow design and development on the Philips Ingenia MR-RT solution, including coil considerations, positioning and immobilization for MR-SIM in the brain, head and neck and pelvis. The session will also take user through the ‘anatomy’ of a dedicated MR-RT scan protocol. Users will also have an demonstration of the MR-RT specific QA tools will also be highlighted.

 

4:50-5:00PM

Wrap up & Session close 

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