INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL PHYSICS WEEK (IMPW) 2024

Dear colleagues,

The IOMP once again celebrates this year the International Medical Physics Week (IMPW), a notable event scheduled from Monday, 22nd to Friday, 26th of April. This is an open invitation to all who are keen to explore the depths of medical physics and to contribute to its growth and recognition across the globe. We encourage our regional organizations and national member organizations to organize activities that resonate with the objectives of the Week. By engaging in such initiatives, we can all contribute to increase awareness and appreciation of medical physics.

In alignment with the tradition established in previous years, the IOMP organizes a series of webinars throughout the week. These webinars are designed to serve as a platform for disseminating valuable knowledge on various scientific, educational, and professional aspects of medical physics. Notably, this year IOMP’s regional organizations have been invited to take an active role in organizing these webinars. This inclusive approach aims to diversify the range of topics covered with perspectives from different regions. Attendance is free of charge and, therefore, anyone with an interest in medical physics, regardless of their geographical location or financial constraints, can register and benefit from the insights and experiences of the invited speakers. Such an initiative underscores the IOMP’s commitment to the democratization of knowledge and the advancement of medical physics as a discipline. Recognizing the limitations that time zones and personal schedules can impose, the IOMP will upload recordings of the webinars on its website. This consideration ensures that those unable to attend the live sessions will not miss out on the opportunity to access this valuable content.

Happy IMPW!

John Damilakis
IOMP President


Dear friends and colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I extend my warmest greetings to all medical physicists around the globe as we prepare to celebrate the International Medical Physics Week from April 22nd to April 26th. This annual event serves as a testament to the invaluable contributions of medical physicists to the field of healthcare and underscores our commitment to excellence in patient care, education, and research.

As per previous years, a series of daily webinars will be presented – this time by IOMP’s 6 regional organizations, focusing on different areas ranging from imaging, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy to education and certification. These webinars promise to be an enriching experience, providing insights, knowledge, and inspiration to both seasoned professionals and aspiring medical physicists alike.

The 2024 International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP) theme is  “Inspiring the Next Generation of Medical Physicists” and as such our IMPW webinars will include a talk from George Acquah, who was involved in setting up the first radiotherapy centre in Malawi – representing a new wave of young medical physicists changing the landscape in Africa. IOMP is very proud of the dedication and innovation demonstrated by medical physicists worldwide. Your unwavering commitment to advancing the practice of medical physics not only enhances patient outcomes but also paves the way for future generations of scientists and physicists to follow in your footsteps.

I encourage you all to actively participate in the webinars and engage in discussions that will foster collaboration and learning. Together, let us continue to inspire, educate, and empower the next generation of medical physicists, ensuring a legacy of excellence that will benefit patients and their families around the world.

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to advancing the field of medical physics. I look forward to celebrating International Medical Physics Week with you all and witnessing the positive impact we can make together.

Warmest regards,

Eva Bezak
Vice President, IOMP

The new EFOMP Protocol for the Quality Control of Dynamic Imaging Systems

Monday, 22th April 2024 at 12 pm GMT; Duration 1 hour

Update: 1 CME/CPD point is applied to this webinar. 

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Moderator: Prof. Dr. John Damilakis, IOMP

Speakers:

  1. Dr. Annalisa Trianni
  2. Prof Nicholas Marshall 

Abstract:

This two-part talk introduces the new EFOMP protocol for the Quality Control (QC) of fluoroscopy and angiography imaging systems. Part I looks at the philosophy behind the protocol and the need for a protocol that harmonizes QC testing of dynamic x-ray imaging systems. Part II focuses on technical aspects, and describes the tests and test equipment required.

Evaluation of technical image quality (IQ) poses a real challenge, especially given the time constraints commonly experienced by physicists when testing these systems. Some time is devoted to describing the difficulties of IQ testing. A move to quantitative IQ evaluation is encouraged, in which metrics are calculated from image pixel data. A number of alternative methods are described, allowing physicists to choose the most relevant method, depending on experience, resources and access to image data.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of how testing of dynamic x-ray systems has varied over the years with manufacturers finding it difficult to meet all the different requirements from country to country.
  2. Provide medical physicists with unified guidance on the assessment of dynamic x-ray imaging systems. The term ‘dynamic x-ray imaging system’ is a blanket term, covering simple mobile fluoroscopy to complex angiography devices.
  3. Learn which tests are required at acceptance, commissioning and constancy performance over the life cycle of a dynamic x-ray imaging system.
  4. The difficulties of image quality testing will be described. Various methods used will be discussed and detailed information on how each test should be performed is included in the EFOMP Quality Control of Dynamic X-ray Imaging Systems.

Part I Webinar: Philosophy Behind the Protocol

Speaker: Dr Annalisa Trianni, Chair of EFOMP Working Group on Angiographic and Fluoroscopic QC Protocol

Dr. Annalisa Trianni is the chief medical physicist at S. Chiara Hospital in Trento, Italy.

Her primary field of application is the medical imaging field, with a focus on dose and image quality optimization for the different X-ray imaging modalities and a special interest for interventional radiology and CT. She is also working as Radiation Protection Expert (RPE).

She is chair of the scientific committee of the Italian Association of Medical Physics (AIFM) and Director of the school of Physics in Medicine “Caldirola”. Dr. Trianni is teaching radiation protection, medical radiation physics and imaging informatics at the Universities of Trieste and Padova. Dr. Trianni has been involved in various research projects and in addition, she is involved in IAEA missions and experts group in several international working groups (chair of DICOM WG28, member of DICOM WG02, co-chair of the Dicom Standard Committee). She has been coordinator of the working group on digital radiology of the Italian Association of Medical Physics and the EFOMP WG on QC protocol for angiography systems.


Part II Webinar: Technical Aspects of the Protocol

Speaker: Prof Nicholas Marshall, Member of EFOMP Working Group on Angiographic and Fluoroscopic QC Protocol

Prof. Nicholas Marshall joined the Regional Medical Physics Department in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1990 and completed his PhD in 1998. He then spent 8 years in the Clinical Physics Group at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London where he was appointed as Medical Physics Expert. He moved to Leuven, Belgium where has worked in Prof. Hilde Bosman’s group since 2009. He has contributed to a number of working groups and QC protocols over the years including those of the IPEM, BHPA, EUREF and EFOMP. Current research interests include the development of methods to assess the imaging performance of mammography, general diagnostic and dynamic x-ray imaging systems.

Medical Physics in the Middle East

Tuesday, 23rd April 2024 at 12 pm GMT; Duration 1 hour

Update: 1 CME/CPD point is applied to this webinar.

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Moderator: Prof. Dr. Eva Bezak, IOMP Vice President

Speakers:

  1. Dr. Mashari Alnuaimi
  2. Dr. Hassan Kharita
  3. Dr. Rabih Hammoud

Part 1: Medical Physics in the Middle East: Current Status and Future Directions in Advancing Patient Care

Abstract:

Medical physics plays a vital role in ensuring the safe and effective use of technology in healthcare, particularly in regions like the Middle East where advancements in patient care are rapidly evolving amidst ongoing challenges and instability. This webinar aims to provide an insightful exploration into the current status of medical physics in the Middle East, shedding light on the technological innovations and practices that are shaping the landscape of patient care. Participants will delve into discussions on the latest advancements in medical physics technology, such as imaging modalities, radiation therapy techniques, and quality assurance protocols, and their impact on enhancing patient outcomes in the region. Moreover, the webinar will offer valuable insights into future directions for medical physics in the Middle East, identifying key areas for improvement and opportunities for collaboration to further elevate standards of care across the region, despite the challenges and instability it faces.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the current status of medical physics practices in the Middle East and their impact on patient care amidst ongoing challenges and instability.
  2. Identify technological advancements in medical physics and their applications in improving patient outcomes in the context of the Middle East.
  3. Explore future directions and opportunities for further advancement of medical physics in the Middle East, considering the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the region’s geopolitical landscape.

Speaker: Dr Mashari Alnuaimi, President of the Middle East Federation of Medical Physics (MEFOMP). Head the Radiation Physics Department at the Kuwait Cancer Control Centre (KCCC) – Kuwait

Dr. Mashari Al-Nuaimi has made significant contributions in the field of medical physics and radiation protection in medicine in the region. He has established the first dedicated medical physics unit in Kuwait, and currently serves as the Head of Radiation Physics Department and Head of Nuclear Medicine Physics Unit at the Kuwait Cancer Control Center. Dr. Al-Nuaimi is also actively involved with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) through national and regional technical cooperation projects to promote radiation safety culture. He holds a PhD in Medical Physics from University College London and has a strong educational background in nuclear medicine technology and medical physics.

Dr. Al-Nuaimi’s main responsibilities include Quality Assurance, Radiation Safety, Dosimetry, Research & Development, Teaching & Training. He has established several significant achievements, such as the establishment of the first medical physics unit with full support to nuclear medicine departments in Kuwait, the establishment of a Collaborating Center of the IAEA with KCCC, the establishment of the first EARL accredited center in the region for F18 FDG PET, and the establishment of the first American College of Radiation (ACR) accreditation for SPECT/CT in the region. He has also contributed to establishing Kuwait Cancer Control Center as a regional resource center for diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine to Arab States in Asia for Research, Development and Training related to Nuclear Science and Technology (ARASIA).

Al-Nuaimi has worked in a variety of settings, including academic research, clinical practice, and industry with over 20 years of experience. In terms of teaching experience, Dr. Al-Nuaimi taught numerous courses in medical physics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also supervised several students in their research projects and has served as a mentor to junior colleagues. Additionally, He has published several articles in reputable journals and presented his work at international conferences.


Part 2: Advancing Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine Education in the Middle East: Strategies for Success

Abstract:

Educational programs in medical physics are crucial for ensuring a skilled workforce capable of meeting the growing demands of diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine services in the Middle East. This webinar aims to examine the current landscape of education and training initiatives in these critical areas, with a specific focus on strategies for success. Through expert insights, participants will gain an understanding of effective approaches to curriculum development and professional development in diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine physics education. The webinar will also highlight innovative educational practices and collaborative efforts aimed at addressing challenges and maximizing learning outcomes in the Middle East region.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the current status of medical physics education in the Middle East.
  2. Identify successful strategies for curriculum development, student engagement, and professional development in medical physics education.
  3. Discuss collaborative approaches and innovative practices for enhancing education and training in diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine physics.

Speaker: Dr Mohammad Hassan Kharita – Assistant Executive Director of OHS – Medical Physics Section – Hamad Medical Corporation – Qatar

Dr. Mohammad Hassan Kharita is the Assistant Executive Director OHS Department – Medical Physics Section – HMC (HMC) overseeing all medical physics aspects in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine in addition to radiation safety issues at all 15 HMC hospitals. He was Radiation Safety Consultant in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 2014-2015 and Director of Research in the Atomic Energy Commission of Syria where he was working until 2013. He obtained a PhD. Degree in Radiation Dosimetry in 1996 and M.Sc. degree in Applied Radiation Physics in 1992 from the University of Birmingham, UK. 

He has vast experience with the IAEA as an expert to more than 40 expert missions (including IRRS, ORPAS and EduTA missions). He is the Vice President of the Middle East Federation of Organization of Medical Physics (MEFOMP) 2022-2025 and the Vice President of the Qatar Medical Physics Society (QaMPS) 2022-2025. He has published one book, one chapter and over 50 per reviewed publications with over 1200 Citations and H-index of 17.


Part 3: Building Capacity in Medical Physics for Radiation Therapy and Cancer Control: Collaborative Efforts in the Middle East

Abstract:

Radiation therapy plays a pivotal role in cancer treatment, necessitating strong infrastructure and skilled professionals in medical physics to ensure its safe and effective delivery. This webinar will showcase collaborative efforts aimed at building capacity in medical physics for radiation therapy and cancer control across the Middle East. Participants will explore successful initiatives and partnerships that aim to strengthen infrastructure, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and enhance the skills of medical physicists in the region. Through case studies and expert discussions, attendees will gain insights into effective strategies for addressing challenges related to workforce development, technology implementation, and quality assurance in radiation therapy and cancer care. The webinar will also highlight opportunities for further collaboration and capacity-building efforts to advance cancer control initiatives in the Middle East.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Assess collaborative initiatives aimed at building capacity in medical physics for radiation therapy and cancer control in the Middle East.
  2. Explore strategies for strengthening infrastructure, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, and enhancing skills in medical physics.
  3. Identify opportunities for further collaboration and capacity-building efforts to address challenges in radiation therapy and cancer care in the region.

Speaker: Dr. Rabih Hammoud – Chief Medical Physicist at National Center for Cancer Care & Research, Hamad Medical Corporation – Qatar

Dr. Rabih Hammoud presently holds a position as Chief Medical Physicist at National Center for Cancer Care & Research, Hamad Medical Corporation and an Assistant Professor of Medical Physics Research in Radiation Oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar. He is an American Board Certified Medical Physicist since 2004.

He obtained his Master of Sciences Degree in Medical Physics from Wayne State University in US and completed his PhD at Universite De Bretagne Occidentale, in France in the same field.

He is an active member of several Medical Physics Societies locally and internationally like ASTRO, AAPM & ESTRO and an elected treasurer of Middle East Federation of Medical Physicist (MEFOMP). He has been invited as Faculty & Speaker of various activities of the medical and scientific societies as well as within HMC. He has also published numerous papers, book chapters & abstracts. Further, he is actively involved in IAEA activities as a participant to regional workshops and scientific meetings and an auditor for QUATRO expert mission. He hosted more than one IAEA Radiotherapy Courses. In addition, Dr. Hammoud is an examiner for the International Medical Physics Certification Board (IMPCB).

Introducing Radiotherapy in Africa through Network Collaborations

Wednesday, 24th April 2024 at 12 pm GMT; Duration 1 hour

Update: 1 CME/CPD point is applied to this webinar.

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Moderator: Prof. Dr. M Mahesh, IOMP Science Committee Chair

Speakers:
1. Dr. George Acquah
2. Dr. Chris Trauernicht


Part 1: Introducing Radiotherapy in Africa through Network Collaborations – Medical Physics Perspective: The Togo and Malawi Case Study

Abstract:

According to the GLOBOCAN 2020 database of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, it is estimated that there will be 24 million new cancer cases per year globally from 2020 to 2030. Out of these cancer incidence, approximately 75% of estimated cancer mortalities will occur in the developing countries. Radiotherapy (RT) is a vital and effective method for treating and managing cancers. However, many countries in Africa still lack access to radiotherapy as part of a comprehensive cancer care. Advanced forms of treatments in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) is limited due to lack of resources (both human and equipment) – expertise, expensive equipment and software. From the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Directory for Radiotherapy Centres (DIRAC), as of March, 2024, 34 (63%) of Africa’s 54 countries had access to some form of external beam radiotherapy, 20 (37%) had brachytherapy capacity, and no country had a capacity that matched the estimated treatment need. Urgent initiatives/collaborations in the setting-up of RT facilities, human capacity building and management are needed to change Africa’s worrying trajectory in providing quality comprehensive cancer care to patients in the next decade comparative to same quality of care by the best hospitals in the U.S., Europe or Asia.  This webinar presents a medical physicist’s case study review on establishing radiotherapy using online networking technology in Togo and Malawi, two countries with no RT facility. Such efficient collaborative strategies do not only help build human resource capacity for Africa but build competent and confidence workforce capable of delivering same high quality care as in major international RT centres.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to build human capacity through collaboration
  2. Develop network-based radiotherapy
  3. Bridge the gap by enhancing local training
  4. Establish African Radiotherapy Satellite centres via Network
  5. To deliver quality radiotherapy care through resource sharing.

Speaker: Dr George Felix Acquah, Head Medical Physicist, Blantyre International Cancer Centre (BICC), Blantyre, Malawi

 


Part 2: Things to Consider when Specifying a New Linear Accelerator

Abstract:

Radiotherapy is a necessary tool in the fight against cancer. An increasing number of linear accelerators are being installed, but, unfortunately, the purchase specifications are often inadequate or may even be completed by the wrong persons. This leads to sub-optimal functionality or use of very high-end equipment, which could potentially have been avoided.

In this talk I will present what things should be considered when specifying a new linear accelerator, based on personal experience and lessons learnt from several iterations of writing such specifications.

Learning Objectives:

After this talk participants should have better insight into what should be considered when writing specifications for a new linear accelerator.

Speaker: Dr Chris Trauernicht 

Chris Trauernicht is the head of the medical physics division at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as an associate professor at Stellenbosch University. He is the current president of the Federation of African Medical Physics Organizations (FAMPO) and also serves on the Accreditation Board of the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP). He serves as an assessor for the Health Professional Council of South Africa and he acted as an examiner and convenor for the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. The IAEA has appointed Chris as an expert on numerous occasions. 

Development and Implementation of Structured Clinical Training Programs for Medical Physicists in Latin America: A Comprehensive and Practical Review from the Experience of the Integral Oncology Center of Leben Salud in Patagonia, Argentina

Thursday, 25th April 2024 at 12 pm GMT; Duration 1 hour

Update: 1 CME/CPD point is applied to this webinar. 

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Moderator: Prof. Dr. Arun Chougule, IOMP Education and Training Committee Chair

Speaker: Dr Ricardo Ruggeri

Abstract: 

This presentation, based on the pioneering experience of the Integral Oncology Center of Leben Salud in Patagonia, Argentina, will address the implementation of Structured Clinical Training Programs (SCTPs) for medical physicists in Latin America. We will highlight the successful journey of the first residency in medical physics in the region, recognized by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Argentina and accredited by the University of Comahue and the IOMP in its academic and supervised clinical training components.

Throughout the presentation, a comprehensive review of essential literature for creating SCTPs harmonized with the guidelines of the Latin American Association of Medical Physics (ALFIM) and the recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be provided. Participants will gain practical tools to initiate the implementation of SCTPs, considering institutional and regional peculiarities.

We will delve into the training, assessment, and competency-based monitoring, following the guidelines of the Academic and Clinical Training for Medical Physicists in Latin America. Additionally, specific recommendations from the IAEA through key documents such as HHR No. 1 and HHS No. 25 will be addressed, adapting them to the Latin American reality with a focus on the experience of the Integral Oncology Center of Leben Salud.

Participants will gain a profound understanding of recommended guidelines and practices, backed by the practical experience of implementing the first medical physics residency in Latin America. This will contribute to the quality and effectiveness of SCTPs in the region, fostering the growth and development of highly skilled professionals in medical physics.

Learning Objectives:

  • To review of useful bibliography for the implementation of a SCTP.
  • To analyze recommendations to build a structured supervised clinical training program (SSCTP) harmonized with ALFIM guidelines and IAEA – IOMP recommendations.
  • To show recommended tools to start with an implementation of a SSCTP with the reality of your institution and/or your country.
  • To understand the training, evaluation and follow-up by competencies, according to the recommendations of the Guidelines for Academic Education and Clinical Training for Medical Physicists in Latin America.

Topics we are not going to deal with:

  • Regulatory situations in each country
  • Academic programs

Ricardo Ruggeri

MSc. Medical Physics – Bioengineering
Specialist in University Teaching

Currently my work is to generate new contexts and work spaces in education, innovation, research and development in the field of oncology in general but with a special focus on medical physics.

Current positions:

  • Technical Director of Oncology at Centro Oncológico Integral of Leben Salud.
  • Chief of the Medical Physics Service of Leben Salud (Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging).
  • Director of the Residency in Medical Physics (Accredited by the National University of Comahue and the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Argentina) of Leben Salud with full accreditation of International Organization of Medical Physics (IOMP)
  • Member of the Argentine Society of Medical Physics (SAFIM).
  • Member of the research and development committee of Leben Salud’s committee.
  • Member of the Advisory Council of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (CAAR).
  • Chairman of the Health and Biotechnology Committee of the Argentina-Texas Chamber of Commerce.

Radiation Protection in Nuclear Medicine

Friday, 26th April 2024 at 12 pm GMT; Duration 1 hour

Update: 1 CME/CPD point is applied to this webinar.

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Moderator: Prof. Dr. Chai Hong Yeong, IOMP MPWB Chair

Speakers:

  1. Dr. Pankaj Tandon
  2. Assoc. Prof. Somanesan

Part 1: Radioactive Waste Management and Associated Radiation Protection in Nuclear Medicine

Abstract:

In nuclear medicine, mostly short-lived radionuclides are used. Therefore, radioactive waste arising from nuclear medicine procedures is easier to manage. The basic objective of waste management is to ensure that radiation exposure to the public and environment does not exceed the prescribed dose limits. Radioactive waste needs to be managed safely because it is potentially hazardous to human health and the environment. Through good practices in the production and use of radionuclides, the amount of waste may be significantly reduced but not fully eliminated. In some cases, uncontrolled radiation exposure has been lethal. It is important that safe waste management, in full compliance with all relevant regulations, is considered and planned for at the early stages of any projects involving radioactive materials.  Safe management of radioactive waste requires a proper national infrastructure, which should include appropriate legislation, a regulatory organization, a competent operational body and properly trained staff.  The protection of the Public and Environment is best achieved by (a) facility design (Isolation Measures-Zones, discharge control) (b) licensing (discharge procedures, limits) and (c) monitoring and inspection.

Learning Objectives:

To deal with radioactive waste in a manner that protects human health and the environment, now and in the future, without imposing an undue burden on future.

Speaker: Dr. Pankaj Tandon

  • Dr Pankaj Tandon is presently holding the post of Head, Regulatory Interface and Stakeholders Engagement Section (RISES) of Directorate of Regulatory Affairs and External Relations (DRA&ER) of AERB and having more than 30 years of experience in nuclear medicine.
  • He has more than 150 publications to his credit in various journals of medical physics and nuclear medicine.
  • He is also a “Lead Assessor” of National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and Principal Assessor of National Accreditation Board for Hospital and Health Care Providers (NABH).
  • He is a fellow of Indian College of Nuclear Medicine (ICNM), College of Medical Physicist of India (CMPI) and Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).
  • He is a faculty for nuclear medicine and internal dosimetry for students pursuing medical physics or nuclear medicine technology course.
  • He is also a recipient of following prestigious awards like:
    • Homi Bhabha Oration from Society of Nuclear Medicine India (SNMI).
    • Ernest O. Lawrence Oration from Nuclear Medicine Physicist Association of India (NMPAI),
    • Special Recognition Award by India Express Health Care for promoting radiation safety for patients and
    • Seven Group Achievement Awards from Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) for his outstanding contribution in various fields.


Part 2: Practical aspects of Targeted Radionuclide Therapies

Abstract:

The evolution of radionuclide therapy is directly linked to great advances in the field of radiopharmacy, the sciences of physics and radiobiology and are an integral part of these complex procedures.  The clinical impact of radionuclide therapy on the course of disease in patients is greatly enhanced by well-applied techniques with the focus on personalised medicine.

The use of radionuclide therapies is revolutionizing nuclear medicine.  It is also time to expand our knowledge and expertise in this area to meet the needs for well-trained staff. To aid colleagues, especially medical physicist in facing the challenges ahead, I will prioritize and talk about the management of radionuclide therapies over describing the specific use and applications of the relevant radiopharmaceuticals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To gain an understanding of the advancements in the evolution of radionuclide therapy.
  2. To comprehend the clinical impact of radionuclide therapy on the course of cancer care in patients.
  3. To realise how radionuclide therapy is greatly enhanced by dosimetry techniques with the focus on personalised medicine.
  4. To aid medical physicist in facing the challenges ahead, about the management of radionuclide therapies over describing the specific use and applications of the relevant radiopharmaceuticals.

Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Somanesan

Assoc. Prof. Somanesan currently works as the Senior Principal Medical Physicist, at the Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging of the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) for over 3 decades. 

His secondary appointments are Hospital Radiation Safety Officer and being the Operations & QA Manager, Cyclotron Facility of the Positron Tracers Pte Ltd, besides being the chief of the Radiation Response Team at SGH.   He chairs several committees’ in radiation safety and medical physics education both within Singapore, the regional countries and for the IAEA. 

He is an active visiting lecturer and expert in Nuclear Medicine, radiation physics besides the Quality Management in Nuclear Medicine, the production of PET radiopharmaceuticals for the IAEA for the last 2 decades. He is actively involved in the local universities as adjunct lecturer and the residential training of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology residents, physicist, radiographers and nurses in Singapore. 

To be updated later.