Ultrasound for Brachytherapy, Australian School of Medical Imaging, Saturday, 20. June 2020

Course Description 
This intensive two-day hands-on course is designed for radiotherapy personnel interested in becoming proficient in ultrasound use in brachytherapy. The program provides participants with tuition in basic ultrasound physics, ultrasound terminology, sonographic scan planes, annotations and measurements plus probe manipulation techniques. The rationale of image-based brachytherapy is also covered, with particular emphasis on cancer of the cervix and cancer of the prostate.  

Basic ultrasound physics and instrumentation

'Knobology' and image optimisation

Transducer selection

Probe orientation and manipulation techniques

Artifact recognition

Female pelvic anatomy and some pathologies

Identifying, localising and verifying gynaecological brachytherapy applicators on ultrasound

Prostate anatomy

Implant technique for prostate brachytherapy using transrectal ultrasound

Identifying, localising and verifying catheters and seeds on ultrasound

Breast anatomy and pathology

Basic breast ultrasound scanning for boost localisation

Neck anatomy and pathology

Basic neck ultrasound scanning techniques for node localisation and depth measurements

Upon completion of this course participants should have an understanding of ultrasound physics and instrumentation and rationale of image-based brachytherapy for cervix and prostate cancer. This course should provide the participants with skills in image optimisation and the ability to employ ultrasound to guide insertion of brachytherapy applicators.

Saturday, 20. June 2020, Australian School of Medical Imaging, Ultrasound for Brachytherapy

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