Magister en Física Médica

Facultad de Física

Past, current and future research in medical physics in radiotherapy.

Prof. Wolfgang Schlegel. Professor for Medical Physics at the Medical Faculty Heidelberg, Heidelberg University. Head of the Department of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg


Fecha: 6 Diciembre, 2012


Abstract: The current problems which still arise in tumour treatment by radiotherapy are either local failure by underdosage or geographical miss of tumour extensions, on the other hand the limitations that arise from the limited radiation tolerance of the surrounding healthy tissue. The overall goal of research and development in Radiation Oncology is to reach a more efficient control of localized tumours and an improved avoidance of side effects in the context of tumour treatment with ionizing radiation. The department of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology at the DKFZ has the task, to contribute to the achievement of this objectives with contributions from physics, computer science and medical engineering. The lecture will cover past developments and research projects that are currently ongoing in the department in the fields of intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and particle therapy with protons and light ions. Projects in the development of mechanical devices, in dose calculation and image processing as well as dosimetry and quality assurance will be described. The lecturer will also try to give a look into the future of radiotherapy where biological considerations and a higher degree of individualisation will foreseeably play an important role.


Lugar: Auditorio Ninoslav Bralic