Elekta and the participating hospital make every effort to hold the workshop according to the advertised date. However, you may be aware that in the UK there has been a number of strikes in the NHS. This industrial action is ongoing, which is a potential risk if a resolution is not made by that time. Elekta will notify registered participants at least four weeks before the event if this happens. Therefore, we strongly suggest you book your airline tickets 2 – 4 weeks before the workshop date to ensure that the workshop will be held. You should also book accommodations at hotels that offer a flexible cancellation policy (e.g., within 24 – 72 hours).
The purpose of this clinical workshop is threefold:
1. Integrated overview of the concept and practice of real-time image-guided brachytherapy implants and adaptive planning
- The programme addresses all aspects (clinical, technical, implementation and hands-on) necessary to deciding how this treatment method will benefit your clinical practice.
- After observing a live case, participants focus on the clinical procedure, workflow and equipment.
2. Learning the benefits of real-time image-guided brachytherapy in comparison to alternative CT-based procedures
- Participants will have the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience of this approach through practicing with available systems.
3. Discuss with the faculty how this treatment modality can be successfully implemented into their clinical environment
- Clinical method and procedure (clinical indicators, live case, clinical results, procedure, workflow, infrastructure and equipment)
- Implementation aspects (training requirements, learning curve, milestones, workflow optimization, quality assurance)
- Hands-on experience with method and tooling using a real-time treatment planning system.
- Live brachytherapy prostate case in the OR
- Clinical aspects (e.g. patient selection, clinical indicators, use of functional imaging, treatment planning, benefits of real-time ultrasound based procedure)
- Implementation aspects (e.g. workflow, quality assurance, milestones)
- Hands-on experience with method and system
- Dr. Ann Henry, Clinical Oncologist
- Dr. David Bottomley, Clinical Oncologist
- Dr. Sree Rodda, Clinical Oncologist
- Dr. Oliver Hulson, Radiologist
- Mike Aldred, Physicist
- Gavin Wright, Physicist
- Peter Bownes, Physicist
- Clare Melody, Radiographer
Clinical experience in prostate brachytherapy is desirable.
Training center and duration
1,5 day workshop (Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday full day) at the brachytherapy department of the St James’s Institute of Oncology in Leeds, UK
Radiation oncologists, urologists, radiologists, medical physicists and brachytherapy radiographers.
The registration fee is 1101 euro (excl VAT) and includes dinner on Tuesday and beverages and lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday. The fee is exclusive of travel and hotel costs.
Dr. Ann Henry – ‘Real-time image guided HDR Brachytherapy for prostate cancer’