Medical physics expert for the Particle Therapy Interuniversity Center Leuven (ParTICLe)
A consortium of UZ Leuven/KU Leuven and Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc/UCL, strongly supported by UZ Ghent, UZA and UZ Brussels, decided to join forces to build the first proton therapy centre in Belgium, within the context of a solid medical, scientific and strategic alliance with all interested centres and partners. This interuniversity, multi-institutional collaboration is called ParTICLe, i.e. Particle Therapy Interuniversitary Centre Leuven. ParTICLe is currently being built on the Health Sciences Campus Gasthuisberg of the University Hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven) and will treat its first patients mid-2019 (www.particle.be). An IBA ProteusONE proton therapy system is being installed and will be equipped with the latest features for pencil beam scanning proton therapy, on-board imaging and in-room CT-on-rails for image guidance. After the ramp-up phase of this facility it will be tightly integrated in the clinical practice of the radiation oncology departments of both UZ Leuven and Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc (St-Luc Hospital).
The department of Radiation Oncology at UZ Leuven is equipped with five external beam radiotherapy treatment units, comprising two Varian Halcyon systems, two Varian TrueBeam systems and a Varian/BrainLab TrueBeam STX system. For treatment simulation, two high-end large bore CT’s are used. Complex techniques such as VMAT/IMRT, advanced IGRT, SBRT and SRS are used as part of the daily clinical routine. Brachytherapy is also an important element of the treatments offered, using PDR and HDR techniques as well as Ruthenium-106 for ocular malignancies. Current treatment planning systems (TPS) are Eclipse and RayStation. The oncology information system (OIS) used is ARIA (Varian).
As academic centres, the respective radiation therapy departments of UZ Leuven and Saint-Luc Hospital are involved in many clinical studies with both internal and external partners. Research and development of innovative techniques is also an important aim.
To reinforce the current medical physics team ParTICLe is looking for a new fulltime team member.