Located in Gunma, Japan, Gunma University Hospital is one of the major university referral hospitals in the Kanto region of Japan, with an in-patient capacity of approximately 700 beds. With the adoption of highly advanced technology, Gunma University Hospital has seen uninterrupted growth in the areas of research, medical studies and personnel development.
As one of the largest centers for brachytherapy in Japan, the Department of Radiation Oncology has established a significant clinical practice and research expertise in brachytherapy. In particular, Gunma University Hospital has an extensive brachytherapy service with a special focus on gynecological cancer. It has been offering Image-guided Adaptive Brachytherapy to its patients since 2008, using CT-based planning.
The center has impressive brachytherapy facilities and a dedicated brachy team of radiation oncologists, medical physicists, and radiation therapy technologists. The center is equipped for HDR image-based treatment facilities, with in-room CT dedicated to brachytherapy, and is recognized as an expert center in the region.
Gunma University has contributed significantly to international cooperation in radiation oncology, through IAEA/RCA technical cooperation projects in Asia, and has hosted many international training courses and meetings. For many years, Gunma University has also taken a leading role in multinational clinical research in radiation oncology, in the Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA).
The members of the brachytherapy staff are internationally renowned researchers and presenters at international meetings and conferences. In February 2014, the hospital has organized a two-day workshop: ‘3D Image-guided Adaptive Brachytherapy for Gynecology’, in cooperation with Elekta. Through extensive discussions and hands-on exercises, participants gained comprehensive practical insight into the clinical workflow of 3D image-guided adaptive brachytherapy for gynecological tumors.