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Radiation Knowledge: International Radiotherapy Plan Competition

Organized by the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre and the Saudi Oncology Society

Radiation Knowledge is a global quality improvement platform in the field of radiation in medicine. The initiative improves the performance quality of individuals via sharing the best practical knowledge among professionals working in the field of radiation medicine worldwide. Radiation Knowledge was initiated in 2016 and it is under the umbrella of  Saudi Oncology Society (SOS) and supported by King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) a collaborating Centre of the IAEA in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The initiative has been taking place every year, with increasing success of participation: in 2 years there were a total of 1847 participants from 97 different countries. More information on the past two editions is available on this page for download ("Statistic summary").

The competition aims at encouraging and supporting the raise in the quality of plans generated for radiotherapy cancer patients worldwide. The preparation of a radiotherapy plan (treatment planning) is a crucial step in the process of managing the radiotherapy treatment for the patient: the plan has to be developed in a way that delivers a high dose to the diseased volume and an acceptable dose to healthy tissues which may be at risk for complications. The treatment plan is an important tool to customize the radiotherapy plan for each patient. At the same time, the treatment planning process has a subjective component and is operator dependent. When planners have reached a good level of understanding of their TPS and have developed through experience personal planning skills, then the quality of plans generated increases, affecting the overall clinical outcomes for cancer patients. As a consequence, it is important to encourage exchanges and communication at a global scale between treatment planning specialists, to support the standardization of treatment planning procedures, based on the best achievable results.

The Radiotherapy Plan Competition aims at promoting exchange and improving the quality of treatment planning worldwide whilst defining and sharing best practices.

The Radiotherapy Plan Competition is held remotely and interested participants can take part for free upon registration. The event also includes other activities, such as Webinars ("Knowledge Sharing for Better Quality" sessions), during which all participants have the opportunity to interact with the top planners (for specific TPS) in the competition and discuss the strategies that enabled them to achieve high quality plans. Also a YouTube channel and a WhatsApp group have been created to enhance the interaction among participants and create a community of professionals and lifelong learners.

The Radiotherapy Plan Competition initiative was also featured during the IAEA Conference on Advances of Radiation Oncology (ICARO2): a proffered paper presentation was delivered during the Education and Training session and a demo session was dedicated to it, during which also the names of the winners of the 2017 edition were announced. The video of the demo session (divided in 3 parts) is available on this page as the slides of both presentations given during ICARO2 by Mr Ahmad Nobah.

This year, the Radiotherapy Plan Competition will start in March 2018 and will offer for the first time three competitions in one:

     - Left Chest Wall Case for plans with 3D-CRT technique only

     - Bi-lateral Lung Case: For IMRT/VMAT/HT/CK/IMPT techniques

     - Brain meets SRS Cases:

          ♦ First - GTV-Based Case (Gamma Knife, CyberKnife, and LINAC Cones)

          ♦ Second - PTV-Based Case (IMRT/VMAT/HT/IMPT)

For more information about this Radiotherapy Plan Competition (statistics, process, winners, etc.), please visit the relevant website.

We encourage you to join the hundreds of medical physicists who contribute to the quality improvement process worldwide.

For further information, please contact:

Mr Ahmad Nobah (anobah@kfshrc.edu.sa)

The competition’s WhatsApp group Admin (Number: +966-53-127-1245)

Visit the dedicated YouTube Channel to be able to watch all the live-webinar videos