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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Introduction to the course and radiotherapy

Welcome to this course on medical applications of accelerators. The most important applications of accelerators in medicine are radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging using radionuclides, which both play a very important role in the treatment of cancer. Thus, the course focuses on these two applications of accelerators in medicine. In fact, accelerators for radiotherapy is the largest application of accelerators altogether with more than 11000 accelerators worldwide. These accelerators range from very compact electron linear accelerators with a length of only about 1 m to large carbon ion synchrotrons with a circumference of more than 50 m and a huge rotating carbon ion gantry with a weight of 600 tons. The course starts with an introduction to radiotherapy with focus on the biological properties of ionizing radiation. Subsequently, the electron linac for radiotherapy is presented. The main components of the electron linac are the multi-energy linac structure and the treatment head, which converts the electron beam to the desired dose distribution in the patient. Next, proton accelerators for radiotherapy are discussed with focus on the applied accelerator types and the treatment delivery technologies. Treatment with heavy ions and the challenges of proton and heavy ion therapy are also presented. Finally, the medical application of radionuclides are introduced and the production of radionuclides with cyclotrons is discussed....
3 videos (Total 9 min), 8 readings, 5 quizzes
3 videos
What is radiotherapy?2m
The main components of a radiotherapy electron linac3m
8 readings
Introduction to lecture10m
Introduction to the lecture10m
Ionizing radiation3m
Dose response10m
Dose delivery of radiotherapy10m
Further reading10m
Introduction to the lecture
Access to external-beam radiotherapy worldwide and in Europe10m
5 practice exercises
A brief history of medical applications of accelerators5m
What is radiotherapy ?5m
Dose delivery of radiotherapy5m
Main components of a radiotherapy linac10m
Graded Quiz15m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Electron linacs for radiotherapy

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4 videos (Total 21 min), 6 readings, 6 quizzes
4 videos
Travelling and standing wave linac structures4m
Treatment head design7m
Clinical workflow of radiotherapy with an electron linac4m
6 readings
Introduction to the lectures3m
Change beam energy15m
Examples of standing wave linac structures for radiotherapy15m
Introduction to the lectures3m
Dose deposition in the patient
Extra link10m
6 practice exercises
The Linac structure10m
Traveling and standing wave linac structures15m
Examples of standing wave linac structures for radiotherapy10m
Treatment head design
Clinical workflow of radiotherapy with an electron linac
Graded Quiz2m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Proton therapy I

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4 videos (Total 20 min), 8 readings, 6 quizzes
4 videos
Examples of accelerators for proton therapy4m
The proton gantry and nozzle5m
Practical aspects of a proton therapy center2m
8 readings
Introduction to the lecture1m
Introduction to the lecture1m
Accelerators for proton therapy10m
Examples of accelerators for proton therapy with specifications10m
Introduction to the lectures
Slow extraction from a synchrotron10m
Adjustment of treatment energy10m
Links
6 practice exercises
Interaction of the protons with matter
Accelerators for proton therapy
Examples of accelerators for proton therapy
Slow extraction
Adjustment of treatment energy
Graded Quiz
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Proton therapy II and production of medical radionuclides

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5 videos (Total 12 min), 14 readings, 5 quizzes
5 videos
Introduction to the challenges of proton and heavy ion therapy2m
Introduction to medical radionuclides1m
Production of medical radionuclides4m
Target design2m
14 readings
Introduction to lecture10m
Introduction to therapy with ions heavier than the proton10m
Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center10m
Introduction to the lecture1m
Challenges of proton and heavy ion therapy
Introduction to the lecture10m
Diagnostic imaging using medical radionuclides1m
Introduction to the lecture1m
Production of medical radionuclides II10m
Cyclotrons for production of medical radionuclides10m
Target design10m
Examples of cyclotrons for production of medical radionuclides
Link to animation of radionuclide production10m
Well done! You have now successfully finalized the course!10m
5 practice exercises
Treatment delivery system of heavy-ion therapy
Challenges of proton and heavy ion therapy
Introduction to medical radionuclides
Diagnostic imaging using medical radionuclides
Graded Quiz

Instructor

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Lars Hjorth Præstegaard

Ph.D. in Accelerator Physics
Department of Oncology at Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark

About Lund University

Lund University was founded in 1666 and has for a number of years been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 47 700 students and 7 500 staff based in Lund, Sweden. Lund University unites tradition with a modern, dynamic, and highly international profile. With eight different faculties and numerous research centres and specialized institutes, Lund is the strongest research university in Sweden and one of Scandinavia's largest institutions for education and research. The university annually attracts a large number of international students and offers a wide range of courses and programmes taught in English. ...

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