Scientific Calendar Event

Starts 23 Nov 2020
Ends 27 Nov 2020
Central European Time
Giambiagi Lecture Hall (AGH)
via Grignano, 9 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
Note: ICTP has suspended all educational activities from 24 February as precautionary measures due to COVID-19; more details at

The workshop aims to enhance knowledge on performing retrospective and prospective risk analysis and managing unintended and accidental patient exposure in advanced radiotherapy techniques, thus contributing to strengthening patient safety while delivering high quality radiotherapy services.

It is estimated that 50-60% of patients with cancer would benefit from radiotherapy. Expanding radiotherapy into areas with limited current access and introducing new more effective treatment techniques has the potential to save a great number of lives, but it is mandatory that the expansion is done with safety in mind, considering the complexity of this high-technology treatment modality and the potential for serious consequences when something goes wrong. The workshop would seek to target experienced medical physicists working in radiotherapy departments in hospitals. The workshop is particularly relevant to participants coming from hospitals intending to introduce new radiotherapy techniques. Participants will become acquainted with their international peers and will have a unique opportunity to establish links for their mutual support.

  • Link between quality and safety in radiotherapy
  • Factors responsible for the safe delivery of radiotherapy services
  • Lessons learned from radiotherapy incidents and accidents that have occurred in the past
  • Potential incidents in IMRT, SBRT, IGRT, IORT, 3D brachytherapy, etc. 
  • Reporting and learning from unintended events
  • IAEA safety reporting and learning system SAFRON
  • Measures to prevent unintended and accidental exposure
  • Methods for retrospective and prospective risk analysis
  • Distribution of responsibilities for patient safety
  • Radiation safety culture

A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee.



Debbie Gilley (IAEA), Jenia Vassileva (IAEA), Local Organiser: Renato Padovani