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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 181

Highlights of medical physics symposium on "safety, accuracy and quality in radiotherapy" under association of medical physicists of India (Karnataka-chapter)

Chief Medical Physicist and RSO, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore, India

Date of Web Publication26-Jul-2010

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Raghavendra Holla
Chief Medical Physicist and RSO, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore
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Holla R. Highlights of medical physics symposium on "safety, accuracy and quality in radiotherapy" under association of medical physicists of India (Karnataka-chapter). J Med Phys 2010;35:181

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One-day symposium under the auspices of Karnataka Chapter of the Association of Medical Physicists of India (AMPI-K) was organized by Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Attavar, Mangalore, on the 25 th April 2010 at KMC Attavar auditorium. Nearly 200 registered delegates, comprising medical physicists, radiation oncologists, radiation technologists and medical students, participated in the symposium. There were 3 sessions consisting of lectures by invited eminent medical physicists and radiation oncologists; and 1 session on proffered papers.

The symposium was inaugurated by Dr. M. Venkatraya Prabhu, Associate Dean, Kasturba Medical College Mangalore. Prof. Dr. R. Ravichandran, Chief Medical Physicist, Department of Radiotherapy, Royal Hospital, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, was the chief guest and delivered a keynote address on "A Pursuit of Excellence-Means of Understanding Profession--Medical Physics as a Science". He reviewed his longstanding experience related to the application of medical physics in patient care in premier institutions in India and abroad, and highlighted the need for continuous alertness to understand local scientific problems and look for simple solutions. Many examples were given relating to implementation of new treatments in institutions and leading role of the involved medical physicists. Emphasis was laid on motivation of youngsters in the context of Human Resource Development (HRD) in this era of urgent need for trained and experienced manpower. Persistent efforts of the Association of Medical Physicists of India (AMPI) were acknowledged in his keynote address. Dr. K. Kamalaksh Shenoy, Head of the Department of Radiotherapy, Kasturba Medical College Hospital , gave the welcome address. Dr. S. D. Sharma (Senior Scientific Officer, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai), Secretary, AMPI, highlighted various achievements of AMPI and its contributions in the field of Medical Physics in India, right from its inception in 1976. He also mentioned with great regard the name of the first veteran medical physicist, Dr. Ramaiah Naidu, and his yeomen services at Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, way back in 1939 and later. Recent establishment of the College of Medical Physics as an academic wing of AMPI was also highlighted, which would take up the responsibility to accredit and certify postgraduates emerging from many Indian universities before they take up appointments as Staff Medical Physicists. Shri. P. K. Dash Sharma, Senior Scientific Officer, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), in his talk, outlined the need for strict compliance of statutory regulations of AERB in India, and the elite role of medical physicists looking after radiation safety issues in the medical institutions. Dr. Challapalli Srinivas, Chief Medical Physicist, Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, KMCH; and President, AMPI (K-Chapter), extended a vote of thanks for the overwhelming support of the senior colleagues, delegates and the members of the trade.

The lectures in the symposium covered all the aspects related to medical physics and radiotherapy. Recent protocols on dosimetry, radiobiology applications, quality assurance aspects, new methods of radiation dose delivery and the careful executions of special treatments Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy, Image Guided Radiotherap Cyberknife, ExacTrac Image guidance, Super Gamma Knife and Tomotherapy - all were reviewed. The paper on "Accidents in Radiotherapy - An Introspection", gave an overview of the accidents relating to radiotherapy radiation sources/ equipments in terms of their occurrence and need for vigilance in their applications for patient care.

The deliberations were highly informative and advanced and were of great value to medical physicists, radiation oncologists and radiation technologists and research scholars.


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