Providing experts in the field of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologic Physics with high-quality practical (EQF8) training is what the EUTEMPE team stands for. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is preventing us from doing this in the way we love: welcoming you to our facilities where you interact with our experts and gain practical experience, top level knowledge, skills and competencies. However, our aim of sharing our knowledge to help colleagues in our field grow as medical physicists has not changed! We just needed to find other ways to do this!
Hence, we are very happy to announce a series of EFOMP-EUTEMPE didactic webinars, followed by online masterclasses.
The webinars, which are free of charge, will be in a familiar format, introducing a specific subject by means of a presentation, with room for interaction with the lecturers. The online masterclass for each topic will follow on a number of weeks after the original webinar. The masterclasses, which have a greater number of educational hours, will provide the opportunity to delve deeper into the subject, gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the topic and helping cement the knowledge gained.

The next EFOMP-EUTEMPE webinar will take place on Tuesday March 23th, 2021 12:00 CET:

A guided tour of x-ray CT through dosimetry and image quality assessment

Radiation dose from x-ray computed tomography (CT) and image quality assessment have received attention during the last years due to the growing number of CT procedures carried out worldwide and the high patient doses from these procedures. This presentation aims to provide an overview of the current concepts of CT dosimetry and image quality assessment, discuss strengths and limitations and anticipate future developments in patient CT dosimetry. CT dose index (CTDI) is a quantity for measuring the radiation output of a CT system. Strengths and disadvantages of CTDI and other CTDI-based indices will be described during the presentation. Current patient CT dosimetry relies mainly on normalized to CTDI or pre-tabulated data derived from Monte Carlo simulated exposures on mathematical phantoms. Personalized CT dosimetry based on Monte Carlo simulations and patient models can provide accurate organ dose estimates. A novel web-based tool for the estimation of patient organ doses and risks from chest CT and image quality assessment is currently being developed as part of the MEDIRAD project. Results of this research effort will also be presented during this webinar. Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to increase the speed of calculations and provide accurate real time organ dose estimates. The use of AI in CT dose optimization and its limitations will be briefly discussed.

Prof. John Damilakis, PhD, FIOMP, FIUPESM

John Damilakis is professor and chairman at the Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine, University of Crete and director of the Department of Medical Physics of the University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, Greece. He is Vice President and President-elect of the ‘International Organization for Medical Physics’ (IOMP), Immediate Past President of the ‘European Alliance for Medical Radiation Protection Research’ (EURAMED), Past President of the ‘European Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics’ (EFOMP) and Past President of the ‘Hellenic Association of Medical Physics’. Prof. Damilakis is a member of 2 ICRP Task Groups (TG 108 and TG 109) and member of the steering committee of the ‘EuroSafe Imaging’ of the European Society of Radiology. He is coordinator or an active research member of several European and national projects. As a Visiting Professor he has given lectures on dosimetry and radiation protection in Boston University, USA. His publications have been focused on medical radiation protection and dosimetry. He is editor of 2 books published by the IOP Publishing and Springer-Verlag and co-author of 2 chapters in books published by Springer and Academic Press. Number of publications in PubMed: 220, number of citations 7220, h-index 45 (Google Scholar, February 2021). Many of these publications are in leading journals such as Medical Physics, Physics in Medicine and Biology, Radiology, Investigative Radiology, Circulation, and European Radiology. John Damilakis has given numerous invited presentations in national and international conferences including ECR, RSNA, AAPM, IAEA, ICRP, IOMP and EFOMP meetings. He has received 11 awards for his work.