Level 2: School

ESMIT/ESTRO Joint Course

on Molecular Imaging and Radiation Oncology

April 10 – 13, 2017
Institute Bergonie
Bordeaux, France



The course will be interactive with talks and hands-on group sessions on MI based GTV delineation, the discussion of MI based CTV concepts, as well as the use of MI methods for staging and response assessment in several tumour types. The MI methods addressed will mainly be nuclear medicine based (e.g. PET) but MRI-based methods will also be touched.
Lectures on: 

  • Technical and biological basics of imaging methods and radiotherapy techniques involved
  • Related physics (segmentation, registration, handling of 4D data, dose painting)
  • Clinical application of PET and/or molecular MRI in staging and treatment planning of:
  • Lung cancer
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Brain tumours
  • Gastro-intestinal tumours
  • Gynaecological tumours
  • Response assessment using molecular imaging during and after treatment.

Hands-on workshops and group discussions on:

  • Diagnostic viewing
  • Multimodal image coregistration
  • Automatic image segmentation
  • GTV delineation
  • CTV concepts
  • Response assessment.


  • 15 hours of lectures
  • 9 hours of hands-on practical workshops
  • 5 hours of discussions on clinical cases.


  • Theoretical knowledge and the ability to communicate the impact of imaging on target definition will be evaluated during group discussions
  • Practical capabilities in target definition based on MI will be evaluated during the hands-on workshops using direct feedback on contours generated by experts and by course participants
  • The course will be evaluated using standard ESTRO evaluation forms.


Course directors
Ursula Nestle, Radiation Oncologist, Freiburg University (DE)
Wouter Vogel, Nuclear Medicine Physician, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (NL)

Vicky Goh, Radiologist, St. Thomas Hospital, London (UK)
Anne Laprie, Radiation Oncologist, Claudius Regaud Institute, Toulouse (FR)
Frank Pameijer, Radiologist, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)
Maria Picchio, Nuclear Medicine Physician, San Raffaele Scientific Institution, Milano (IT)
Daniela Thorwarth, Phycisist, Tübingen University Hospital, Tübingen (DE)
Uulke van de Heide, Physicist, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (NL)

Contouring administrator
Oliver Oehlke, Radiation Oncologist, Freiburg University, Freiburg (DE)

Local organiser
Guy Kantor, Radiation Oncologist, Institut Bergonié, Bordeaux


Click here to download the course curriculum


Before commencing this course participants should have acquired:

  • Basic knowledge on radiation oncology
  • Some basic knowledge on anatomical (CT, MRI) imaging in radiation oncology.


The course is aimed at senior residents or young specialists in radiation oncology, nuclear medicine or radiology, who intend to expand their knowledge and skills in the use of molecular imaging methods for radiation oncology.


The applications of molecular imaging (MI) for treatment selection, target definition and response evaluation in radiation oncology are increasing. This advanced course, jointly organised by ESTRO and ESMIT (European School of Multimodality Imaging & Therapy), aims at providing the participants with profound knowledge and skills to deal with chances and challenges in the use of MI methods in all fields of radiation oncology.


By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • List the implications of PET and some MRI based MI methods in radiation oncology
  • Understand technical issues of PET in radiotherapy treatment planning
  • Understand technical issues of functional MRI in radiotherapy treatment planning
  • Have knowledge of the current evidence of PET in staging, treatment planning and response assessment in main solid tumours
  • Discuss GTV delineation procedures based on MI
  • Discuss nodal CTV concepts with the background of diagnostic data
  • Take home some points of necessary research in this field.

icon_question_pur How to register

You can easily register to this course by downloading the registration form below and returning it to esmit@eanm.org.

Registration form

Each course will allow a maximum of 50 participants. Registrations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. On-site registration will not be available.

icon_ticket_pur Registration fees

Early Rate*:
ESTRO Member in training € 450.-
EANM/ESTRO Member € 600.-
Non Member € 750.-

Late Rate**:
ESTRO Member in training € 625.-
EANM/ESTRO Member € 725.-
Non Member € 850.-

* Early rates are applied up to three months before the starting date of the course. 
** Late rates are applied three months before the starting date of the course.

Registration fee includes:

  • Course material
  • Social event
  • Coffee breaks and lunches

Registration fee does NOT include:

  • Travel to course venue
  • Accommodation

For further details on insurance, cancellation and more, please visit the Course website.

Course website

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