HDR Brachytherapy for Medical Physicists

The latest HDR Brachytherapy for Medical Physicists course concluded in June 2022 for clinics in Africa. You can find a link to the new YouTube videos here.

HDR Brachytherapy for Medical Physicists (Africa 2022)

 

The delivery of high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy plays a central role in the treatment paradigm of cervical cancer. HDR improves local control and overall survival, and the marginal cost for each treatment requires minimal material resources. External beam (EBRT) and brachytherapy delivered in combination can cure women with advanced disease, and in the absence of EBRT, brachytherapy alone can provide durable local control. However, radiotherapy is severely underutilized across Sub-Saharan Africa, including those with the necessary equipment.

In 2019, Rayos Contra Cancer (RCC) and BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) partnered to establish a scalable high-quality gynecologic HDR brachytherapy training program. This targeted ten centers in Africa and the Middle East that shared fundamental gaps in training required to operate their acquired equipment safely and effectively. The program consisted of 18 educational sessions, each of one hour length, scheduled weekly over the course of 4 months. It was supplemented with real-time mentorship, support for safety and quality assurance documentation, and concluded with 2 weeks of consolidative onsite training at each site. The total costs for this innovative model amounted to $10,000 for training 10 high-volume radiotherapy centers.

The Full Curriculum is shown below and is also accessible here (subtitles available)

HDR Physics and technology and preparation for a new HDR suite 

Peter Sandwall, Ph.D
Medical Physicist
Ohio Health

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Shipping and accepting a new source; and commissioning: Safety

Claire Dempsey, Ph.D
Medical Physicist
Washington University

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 Machines - Commissioning

Sonja Dieterich, PhD.
Medical Physicist
University of California, Davis

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Adam Shulman
Medical Physicist
Qatar

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Applicators - Commissioning

Sonja Dieterich, PhD.               Ben Fahimian
Medical Physicist                        Medical Physicist
University of California, Davis/Los Angeles

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Ring Applicators

Claire Dempsey, Ph.D             Adam Shulman
Medical Physicist                      Medical Physicist
Washington University           Qatar

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Commissioning TPS pt. 1

Sastry Vedam, Ph.D.
Medical Physicist
MD Anderson

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Commissioning TPS pt. 2

Sastry Vedam, Ph.D.
Medical Physicist
MD Anderson

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Accepting a New Service

Kevin Khadavi, PhD
Medical Physicist
Austin Cancer Center

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Applicators and Uses

Dan Scanderbeg, PhD
Medical Physicist
University of California, San Diego

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Cylinders

Derek Brown
Medical Physicist
University of California, San Diego

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Tandem and Ovoid

Derek Brown
Medical Physicist
University of California, San Diego

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Applicators and Uses

Dan Scanderbeg, PhD
Medical Physicist
University of California, San Diego

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Radiobiology and EQD2

Claire Dempsey
Medical Physicist
University of Washington

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Emergency Procedures

Steven Moeckly
Medical Physicist
Sanford Health-Sioux Falls      

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Clinical HDR Brachytherapy

John Einck, M.D. 
Radiation Oncologist
University of California, San Diego           

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HDR Brachytherapy Demo 1: Planning Tandem and Ovoid

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Derek Brown                   Dan Scanderbeg
Medical Physicists
University of California, San Diego              

HDR Brachytherapy Demo 2: Planning Tandem and Ring

Michael Tassotto

Medical Physicist

Allegheny Health Network

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HDR Brachytherapy Demo 3: Cervical Cancer Contouring

Anuja Jhingran

Radiation Oncologist

MD Anderson

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