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NSW/ACT Branch Scientific Webinar: Why kilovoltage x-ray beam therapy and dosimetry are still important for clinical radiotherapy and research


Date(s):
22nd Jun 2021
Time:
1:30PM - 2:30PM
Venue:
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Non Members: $33.00

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Description:

FREE Webinar - ACPSEM NSW/ACT Branch: kV Update

ACPSEM NSW/ACT Branch has organised a free webinar for all members of the College on 22 June 2021 at 1:30pm Sydney time. 
Please feel free to invite anyone who would benefit from these webinars.  As numbers are limited to 500, a zoom link will be sent to those who are registered for this webinar. These webinars are interactive and all questions and comments are welcome.

Topic: Why kilovoltage x-ray beam therapy and dosimetry are still important for clinical radiotherapy and research -- Presented by Dr Robin Hill

Kilovoltage (kV) x-ray therapy units are still widely used in radiotherapy for the treatment of skin cancers and other conditions. The dosimetry of kV beams can pose challenges and so requires specific knowledge and skills to ensure accurate dosimetry. For this reason, there is considerable research being done on kV beams around the world including updates to reference dosimetry codes of practice, development of audits and clinical investigations. In parallel to the clinical radiotherapy environment, there is increasing use of kV beams in biological irradiators for important radiobiological research.  This presentation will give a summary of current practice for the dosimetry of kV beam, information on planned updates to reference dosimetry codes of practice and a discussion on why kV beams are needed in radiotherapy centres.

Presenter: Dr Robin Hill

Robin is the Head of Research and Education in Radiation Oncology Medical Physics at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse He first learnt about kilovoltage (kV) x-ray beams when studying for his honours degree at the University of Adelaide. While working primarily as a clinical radiation oncology medical physicist, the interest in kV beam dosimetry continued and lead to a PhD through the University of Sydney. This research result in the publication of the cited topical review Advances in kilovoltage X-ray beam dosimetry as published in Physics in Medicine and Biology in 2014. He is on the IAEA working group updating the TRS398 Code of Practice sections for kV beam dosimetry. Just recently, Robin was involved in a topical debate published in the PESM as to whether kV therapy is needed in a modern radiotherapy centre. Outside of work, one of his goals in life is to try as many single origin coffees as possible.

CPD: 

2 CPD points will be automatically allocated to medical physicists who register and attend this webinar and these will be automatically recorded in their CPD Tracker. If you are watching this webinar as a group, we strongly recommend that everyone of the group registers for this webinar individually. Only those who are registered for this webinar will be allocated for CPD points. Our office will cross-check the attendance with the registered delegates' names and allocate CPD points - therefore please enter your full name(s) when you login to the webinar. 

These webinars are aimed at qualified medical physicists and all questions should be directly related to the topic and work covered. Registrars and students are encouraged to attend, however any general questions on content covered should be reserved for supervisors.

 

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