The UAB Department of Radiation Oncology has partnered with Varian to develop a three day conference that discusses and demonstrates stereotactic radiation (SRS) and stereotactic body radiation (SBRT) delivery with Eclipse™ and TrueBeam™. Click on any of the links be below for more information.
The course is ideally suited for a multi-disciplinary team of 3-4 individuals planning to deliver advanced therapies with Eclipse and TrueBeam, including CNS radiosurgery and sterotactic body radiation therapy. Curriculum is suitable for radiation physicists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, and dosimetrists.
The conference is a three-day course hosted by the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Hazelrig-Salter Radiation Oncology Center, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Course content is taught by a multi-disciplinary team from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, including subspecialty surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical physicists. The course content can be individually focused on specific sites (e.g. neuro or thoracic), depending upon the interests of those enrolled. The course is a complete “how to” with didactic and laboratory experiences for advanced therapies with TrueBeam including:
- Commissioning and QA
- 4D Simulation
- Respiratory motion management
- Triggered imaging
- RapidArc Radiosurgery
- High Intensity Mode (flattening filter free @2400 MU/min)
- Clinical implementation of advanced procedures in CNS, H/N, lung, liver, spine, and prostate
- Navigation bronchoscopy for fiducial placement
The course includes laboratory experiences that mimic the clinical process, including mock tumor board, contouring, and treatment planning. The course tuition includes course material. Travel and lodging is NOT included. Customer is responsible for all travel expenses and incidentals.
To increase the clinical understanding, preparedness and uptake of SRS and SBRT on Varian’s TrueBeam STx platform across the user community, by creating a taught environment where existing best practice can be shared and replicated.
Upon successful completion of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Training Course, it is intended that Customers will:
- Understand the rationale, clinical advantages, and risks associated with SRS/SBRT
- Have a clear view of a typical SRS/SBRT clinical workflow, including: selection of patient, pre-planning considerations, patient immobilization, imaging and motion management, SRS/SBRT treatment planning with IMRS/VMAT, QA checks, treatment delivery and follow-up
- Know the clinical basis for using SRS/SBRT for the clinical disease sites presented by University of Alabama at Birmingham during the clinical school
- Understand the salient differences between frame-based and frameless treatments
- Understand the salient differences between conical applicator and IMRS/VMAT approaches
- Know how to evaluate SRS/SBRT treatment plans with reference to the technical and clinical guidelines used by University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Have been given opportunities to understand, with hands-on experience where feasible, the processes associated with immobilization of the patient, and localization of the tumor used at University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Have been shown all of the functionality within TrueBeam STx which is of clinical relevance to SRS/SBRT treatments at University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Have hands-on experience of setting-up and delivering an SRS/SBRT test plan on the TrueBeam STx platform
- Have witnessed the delivery of both SRS and SBRT plans to a patient, or in cases where this is not possible, to a phantom
- Know the relevant physics commissioning and routine QA procedures necessary to safely implement SRS/SBRT treatments
- have had ample opportunity to ask questions of the local hosts at University of Alabama at Birmingham
Technical product training on TrueBeam STx by Varian will not be included as part of this clinical school. Medical Physicists attending this course are expected to have already received product training on TrueBeam by attending Varian’s “TrueBeam Administration and Physics course” in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We ask that you provide payment to us within 60 days prior to the course you are planning to attend. The cost for an individual to attend is $5,000. The cost for a team of 3-4 attendees from one institution is $10,000. Payment is accepted via check (preferably) or wire transfer. Receipt of payment will reserve your slot for the course.
Please make checks payable to The University of Alabama at Birmingham
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We ask that you provide us with a 40-day notice should you wish to cancel. Cancellations should be in writing, via e-mail, fax or mail to the attention of Lauren Hicks. Upon receipt of a notice to cancel within 40 days, we will work with you to reschedule. Cancellations received less than 40 days in advance will be subject to non-refunding of tuition and non-rescheduling of the course.
In the event UAB has to reschedule the course, we will work with you to reschedule at a later date.
Once scheduled for a course, there are no refunds of tuition.