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EUTEMPE-RX, an EC supported
FP7 project for the Training and
Education of Medical Physics
Experts in Radiology
Hilde Bosmans, Kristina Bliznakova, Renato
Padovani, Stelios Christofides, Nelis Van
Peteghem and Carmel J Caruana
RPM 2014
Varna, Bulgaria
May 30 - June 2, 2014
Project Partners
Course Modules
Upcoming Events
• Succesful application to
the 2012 FP7 EC call for
Euratom Fission
Training Schemes (EFTS)
in ‘Nuclear Fission,
Safety and Radiation
Protection’ (score of
• EU support: € 1,658,000
• Timing: 3 year project:
01/08/2013 –
• Rising number of radiological
examinations in Europe
• MPE in a rapidly changing environment:
– New modalities, regulations, software, etc.
• European Guidelines on the MPE:
– The MPE is defined as an MP who has reached
the expert level: EQF level 8
– EFOMP: ‘We urgently need to set up an
agreed programme of education and training
that could develop an MP to an MPE’
• EC-call:
– Borderless mobility and lifelong learning:
• Modularity of courses
• European Passport: facilitate mobility
– Gender equality
– Special attention to the assessment of the
learning outcomes at EQF level 8
– Active involvement of future employers:
industry, hospitals, regulatory authorities
• Most EC member states may not have the
capability to provide such a high-level
• Expertise is spread all over Europe
• A proper environment is needed:
– Access to high end software, systems and
– Access to prototypes and pre-clinical systems
• Solution: Modular course developed by a
European network of experts
1. To provide a modular training scheme
for the MP in Diagnostic and
Interventional Radiology to reach EQF
level 8
2. To set up a multicampus Educational
and training platform to combine online
with face-to-face learning
3. Each course will serve as a model for
harmonised courses across Europe and
be accredited by EFOMP
• Target group:
– The MP in hospitals (D&IR)
– The MP in industry
– The MP in regulatory authorities
– PhD students
– Medical Engineering
• Diverse European group:
Participants from all over Europe
Active participation from New Member States
Gender balanced
Entrance requirements:
• EQF level 7 = master + 2 years experience (in D&IR)
• CV and letter of recommendation
• No or low registration fee for the courses
• Maximal number of students/module in the
face-to-face is 20
Project Partners
• Hilde Bosmans, Nick Marshall, (Federica Zanca: tbd)
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
• Carmel Caruana, Stelios Christofides, Virginia Tsapaki,
Stephen Evans & Peter Sharp European Federation of
Organisations for Medical Physics
• Eliseo Vano & Jose Miguel Fernandez Servicio Madrileno
de Salud
• Andrea Ottolenghi, Vere Smyth & Klaus Trott Universita
Degli Studi Di Pavia
• Josep Sempau Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
• Mauro Gambaccini & Angelo Taibi Universta Degli Studi di
• Kristina Bliznakova, Zhivko Bliznakov, (Jenia Vassileva) &
Ivan Buliev Technical University of Varna
Project Partners
• Kenneth Young & Allistair Mackenzie Royal Surrey County
Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
• Francis Verdun & Pascal Monnin Hospices Cantonaux
• Ruben van Engen & Wouter Veldkamp Stichting Landelijk
Referentie Centrum voor Bevolkingsonderzoek
• John Damilakis University of Crete
• Renato Padovani & Analisa Trianna Azienda Ospedaliero
Universitaria S. Maria della Misericordia
• Markus Borowski & Martin Fiebich Klinikum Braunschweig
& Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
Project Partners
Via the Scientific Advisory board even more of Europe is covered
Course Modules
Developments of the profession and the
challenges of the MPE: Legal aspects,
professional matters, communication and risk
assessment, incidents and accidents, today and
tomorrow. Raising the public profile of the
profession. Basics of teaching RX users,
interaction with the RPE
C. Caruana & E. Vano
Radiation biophysics and radiobiology:
Integration of radiobiology and medical physics
in radiation risk evaluation, research and
management in D&IR
A. Ottolenghi, V. Smyth
& K. Trott
Introduction to Monte Carlo simulation of
photon and electron transport: application to xray imaging
J. Sempau
Fundamental physics of X-rays: energy,
absorption and their phase for innovation
M. Gambaccini & A. Taibi
Course Modules
Anthropomorphic phantoms
K. Bliznakova, I. Buliev, J.
Vassileva & Z. Bliznakov
The development of advanced QA protocols for
optimized use of radiological devices
H. Bosmans, N. Marshall
& E. Vano
Optimisation of X-ray imaging using standard
and innovative techniques CT imaging and dose
optimized with objective means
K. Young & A. McKenzie
Role of the medical physicist in CT imaging and
patient dose optimization
F. Verdun & P. Monnin
Achieving quality in diagnostic and screening
R. van Engen & W.
High dose X-ray procedures in Interventional
radiology and cardiology: establishment of a
robust quality assurance programme for
patient and staff
R. Padovani, T. Analisa &
E. Vano
Course Modules
Radiation dose management of pregnant
patients, pregnant staff and paediatric patients
in diagnostic and interventional radiology
J. Damilakis
Radiation dose management of pregnant
patients, pregnant staff and paediatric patients
in diagnostic and interventional radiology
M. Borowski & M.
Course Modules
• Module structure:
– Online:
• E-learning platform
• Theory: web lectures, suggested reading,
movies, audiofiles, etc.
• Interactive: exercices, self-assessment, teacher
feedback, discussion fora, etc.
• ~40 hours of active participation over a longer
• Done from home
Course Modules
• Module structure:
– Face-to-face:
• (Lectures), demonstrations, exercises,
discussions, hands-on workshops, practical
sessions, etc.
• Evaluation
• Review of the course
• ~40 hours of active participation over
approximately 5 days
• On location
Example: Module 6
“From routine QA to advanced QA and
performance testing”
Research question: remotely controled QA
On-line. Presentations uploaded on:
- Examples of protocols & the best protocol
- Protocols & viewpoint of IEC & Industry
- Examples of reports & how to make the best reports
- Sharing practical hints on how to measure
- How to get organized for periodical investigations
- Overview of test objects & make database of images
- Overview of objective/subjective scoring methods
- Decide upon which new protocol will be dealt with during
the face-to-face
Example: Module 6
“From routine QA to advanced QA and
performance testing”
Research question: remotely controled QA
Face-to-face. Welcome in Leuven !
- Getting to know each other and make a team
- Develop a protocol (incl. test methods & phantom) for a
new device by discussion & brain storm
- Apply draft protocol in an X-ray room & improve text
- Make your first model observer (computer lab)
- Visit QA platform for remote control, dose monitoring
platform, …
- Evaluation & QA feedback
- Excursion to medical device company or X-ray museum
- Stay connected
Course Modules
• Module timing:
– Between January 2015 and April 2016
– Calendar is yet to be fixed
• Registration:
– Each module is independent and can be
followed seperately
– Not yet opened
– Through website
Upcoming Events
• European Conference on Medical
Physics (ECMP) 2014:
– September 11– 13, 2014 in Athens
– Promotional event
– A number of partners are invited to
present their EUTEMPE-RX courses
• Module 1:
– Team of teachers: C. Caruana, Eliseo Vano
– Prague, 9-13 February 2015
Upcoming Events
• Mid-Term Workshop:
– Sept 24 – 26, 2015 in Sofia
– Open meeting;
– First get together again of participants
– Report on results of the first course modules
– Promote upcoming courses
– Discuss future of the EUTEMPE-RX project
• For more information please visit our
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