84436 - Oncological Radiology

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

Describe the use of radiologic techniques in the diagnosis and therapy of neoplastic conditions.

Course contents

General information and indications for radiotherapy (1 lesson: 2 hours)

Purpose / indications for radiotherapy
Therapeutic interval
Radiotherapy prescription
Methods to increase the therapeutic effect of radiotherapy
Therapeutic integrations with surgery and systemic therapies
External beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy
Quality assurance in radiotherapy

Biological bases of radiotherapy (1 lesson: 2 hours)

Tumor hypoxia and oxygen effect
Combination with targeted drugs
Effect on the microenvironment
Impact of temporal distribution of radiotherapy dose
Impact of the spatial distribution of radiotherapy dose

Technological aspects (1 lesson: 2 hours)

Roentgenterapy, telecobalt therapy devices, linear accelerator
Conventional simulation (2D radiotherapy) and virtual simulation (3D radiotherapy)
Intensity modulated radiotherapy
Stereotactic radiotherapy
Intraoperative radiotherapy

Presentation of clinical cases (in common with radiological and nuclear-medical imaging teachers; 1 lesson: 2 hours)


E-book: Milly BUWENGE, Alessandra ARCELLI, Federica BERTINI, Silvia CAMMELLI and Alessio G. MORGANTI. Radiation Oncology. SMGroup, 2016. Available online at: https://smjournals.com/ebooks/Radiation-Oncology/chapters/RADO-16-04.pdf

Teaching methods

The course is structured in classroom lectures in which the fundamental aspects of oncological radiotherapy are presented through the presentation of slides.

Assessment methods

The learning assessment takes place through an oral test that aims to verify the acquisition of the knowledge required by the course program. The final grade, expressed in thirtieths, takes into account the evaluation of the knowledge of the biological, technological and clinical aspects of radiotherapy.

Teaching tools

no one

Office hours

See the website of Alessio Giuseppe Morganti