MPE06: The development of advanced QA protocols for testing radiological devices
This EUTEMPE-RX module aims to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and competences for medical physics experts involved with Quality Assurance in Radiology. In many countries, national or international protocols are available for a wide range of common imaging systems that can be used to verify whether these devices fulfil (minimal) acceptability criteria. This module aims for a better assessment, namely the Assurance of Quality in the Radiology department: to help radiologists and other users provide the best care at acceptable doses. This involves developing an understanding the contribution of the components in the imaging chain to system imaging performance, clearly defining the medical tasks undertaken, developing new test objects or making innovative use of existing test objects. It may be that human observer studies are required – with an appropriate task these will give a good idea of the current level of image quality obtained with the system. With careful design, these human observer results can be used to develop numerical (model) observers for image quality evaluation. Finally, the use of automated and/or remote methods of quality control may have to be considered as these greatly increase the sensitivity and robustness of QC systems. The ultimate task during the face-to-face part is to develop a dedicated, task specific quality assurance protocol for a new device.
Lead: Hilde Bosmans and Nicholas Marshall
Extra teachers: Klaus Bacher, Steve Balter (via skype), Lesley Cockmartin, Julie Horrocks, Rémy Klausz, Jim Malone & Federica Zanca
Online start: 01 September 2017
Face-to-face period: 13-17 November 2017
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Registration fee: € 590
Reduced registration fee: € 310
Reduced registration fees are available upon request for the first 6 applicants of one of the following countries (with a maximum of 2 participants per country): Albania, Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine.
The registration fee covers the costs of the course.
Due to force majeure, fees may be adjusted at the moment of registration. In that case, all applicants will be contacted individually.
Additional information is listed below:
|Food & drinks (coffee breaks)||Will be offered|
|Lunch||Access to cafetaria of the students (democratic prices)|
|Lodging of participants||We will reserve 15 places in a university college, approximately € 30 / night|
|Transport||Easy connection between Brussels airport and Leuven. A lot of buses from railway station to hospital.|
|Facultative visits to companies, hospitals, musea, guided tour of the city, social events||Social events will include a guided tour to the student city (around € 6) and a visit to the Stella Artois Brewery (around € 15), both optional|
|Cost for conference dinner||About € 30.00|