The University Medical Center Groningen is one of the largest university hospitals and the first in the Netherlands with an integrated state of the art photon+proton academic radiation oncology department. Currently, radiotherapy treatments are provided for over 4,500 patients annually in the Department of Radiation Oncology. The department is part of the UMC Groningen Comprehensive Cancer Center, with 21 multidisciplinary tumor boards, and provides the highest level of oncologic services. The department is actively involved in patient care, research, education and training.
The UMC Groningen Proton Therapy Center, part of our Department, started to treat patients with IBA pencil beam scanning technology in January 2018.
Medical Physics and Instrumentation is a a division of the Department of Radiation Oncology that currently includes over 50 people: 17 medical physicists, physicists, physics residents, IT engineers, accelerator engineers, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. The group is responsible for the quality and safety of clinical dose delivery and is commited to development and innovation of radiotherapy technologies and treatment techniques. This group is at the forefront of a variety of projects related to equipment, techniques and procedures for our proton and photon therapy facilities, in multi-disciplinary teams. Major developments are related to imaging, proton beam delivery, robust and adaptive treatment planning, positioning and dosimetry verification. The opening of the Proton therapy Center and the innovative character of our projects which includes both development and scientific research require a further expansion of the Medical Physics group.
The most advanced equipment is applied for this purpose, in particular 10 Elekta and Brainlab/Varian linear accelarators, 2 IBA proton pencil beam scanning technology gantries, 2 CT’s, MRI, PET/CT, RaySearch Treatment Planning and Elekta HDR brachytherapy .
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