First OMA Topical Workshop held at PSI

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The 1st OMA Topical Workshop took place on 12 – 13 March 2018 at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland. Approximately thirty delegates attended this event, amongst them several OMA fellows, who presented and discussed the current status of their projects.

This workshop focused on “Facility Design Optimization for Treatment”, linking two of the three OMA working packages: Patient Treatment Optimization and Facility Design and Optimization. The workshop programme consisted of invited and contributed talks by experts from OMA partner institutions and talks by OMA fellows.

The first day workshop was dedicated to review and discuss the state-of-the-art of Monte Carlo techniques applied to medical imaging and dose delivery calculations for treatment planning. Simulation examples using the codes GEANT4 and FLUKA were presented in the morning. Special attention was dedicated to innovative patient scanning systems including 3D motion detection were also presented as well as novel tumor tracking techniques in particle therapy.

During the second day workshop most presentations were focused on the design and optimization of facilities, including the design of more compact gantries based on superconducting elements and the design of new high performance and compact proton LINACs. There were also space to talk on the design and optimisation of control software towards a more reliable and friendly facility operation interface and relevant data storage.

During this event, OMA fellows had the opportunity to meet again to interchange ideas and establish collaborations between them, having the alpine mountains surrounded PSI as titanic witnesses.

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