Background

Background:

Based on the increasing precision in application, radiotherapy relies more and more on accurate imaging of the patient to increase the cure rate. This also implies that the already available high spatial dose conformity needs to be adaptable to temporal changes (4D).  Image-guided, and especially MR-guided radiotherapy is therefore expected to allow the next big developmental step forward in reaching these aims. The combination of a linear accelerator with an MRI scanner leads to challenges for both engineers and physicists. Besides that, further issues will occur in the application concerning automated target delineation, fast dose calculation algorithms as well as criteria for plan adaptation. Also the clinical workflow, the quality assurance in magnetic fields and development of MR-sequences will generate new challenges.

Aim:

The success of MR-guided radiotherapy relies on scientists well-versed in both MR-imaging and radiotherapy and in the interdisciplinary combinations of these two modalities. Therefore, this workshop aims to transfer the knowledge of the latest state of research to young scientists as well as to impart competence in applications for funding. Besides that, focus of the event lies in the personal exchange between the participants and experts from science and industry beyond institutional and divisional borders.

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