Prague, Czech Republic

Positioning and Immobilisation for Radiation Therapy

3 online sessions on 25 September, 16 October and 12 November 2024 

The target audience for this course are RTTs who wish to enhance and further their knowledge and practical skills in patient positioning and immobilisation for conventional and advanced radiation therapy techniques. The course is also of interest to those implementing a new immobilisation device or researching the performance of an existing device.  This course provides the theory and practical skills to effectively position and immobilise patients for a variety of different treatment delivery techniques

The course aims to provide:

  • Knowledge of the impact patient immobilisation and positioning has on the radiation therapy process and treatment outcomes
  • Practical experience of constructing and using immobilisation devices for a range of disease site and treatment techniques
  • A forum for participants to gain and exchange knowledge on patient immobilisation and positioning.


By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the need for accurate and precise patient immobilisation and positioning in radiation therapy
  • Evaluate the impact of positioning and immobilisation on margins required for adequate dose delivery
  • Construct and optimally use immobilisation devices for a range of anatomical sites
  • Solve difficult cases where conventional immobilisation devices may not be appropriate. 
  • Compare and evaluate the efficacy of immobilisation devices/positions 
  • Evaluate positioning and immobilisation procedures in the context of radiation therapy risk management.



The course will cover the following topics:

  • Fundamental principles of positioning and immobilisation
  • Impact of positioning and immobilisation on treatment planning
  • Immobilising patients for a range of anatomical areas
  • Positioning errors on margins
  • Impact of positioning and immobilisation on:
    • treatment verification
    • clinical outcome
  • Risk and positioning on immobilisation
  • Case discussions



The course will take place over a 6 weeks period and will be delivered using a blended learning approach, i.e. a combination of recorded online seminars, live teleconferencing and face-to-face teaching:

  • The theoretical components will be delivered using the ESTRO Moodle, the ESTRO Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where recorded seminars will be available for participants to join at a time that suits them.
  • Additionally, live teleconference tutorials will also take place to provide participants with the opportunity to discuss their learning to date with the teachers and peers.
  • The face-to-face component of the course will occur over a two-day period at Bulovka University Hospital, Institute of Radiation Oncology, in Prague

For the updated calendars please consult the ESTRO website page of this course.


  • 6 hours of online lectures
  • 3 hours of online individual/group activities
  • 3 hours of live teleconference tutorials
  • 1 practical weekend with workshops



  • MCQ
  • Evaluation form.



  • Positioning
  • Immobilisation
  • Margins
  • Reproducibility
  • Radiation Therapy



To be provided if available


Application for CME recognition will be submitted to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). EACCME credits are recognised by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA). Information on the status of the applications can be obtained from the ESTRO office.


  • Sophie Perryck, Radiation Therapist, University Hospital Zurich (CH)


  • Luca Boldrini, Radiation Oncologist, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome (IT)
  • Sophie Boisbouvier, Radiation Therapist, Centre Léon Bérard (FR)
  • Simon Goldsworthy, Radiation Therapist, Beacon radiotherapy, Musgrove Park Hospital, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
  • Sophie Perryck, Radiation Therapist, University Hospital Zurich (CH)
  • Sharon Wong Mei Mei (SWMM), Radiation Therapist, National Cancer Centre Singapore (SG)


Guest Online Lecturer

  • Todd Pawlicki, Medical Physicist, University of California, San Diego, (USA)

To follow

Bulovka University Hospital,

Institute of Radiation Oncology,

Nemocnice Na Bulovce,

Na Truhlářce 100/66,

180 00 Praha 8-Libeň,



ESTRO members can order products at substantially reduced prices. To benefit from the member registration rate, you must subscribe for the ESTRO membership 2024 BEFORE registering to the course. To become an ESTRO member, benefit from the member registration rate and discover the many other member advantages, please visit the membership page.



Early rate

Late rate


  750 EUR

 850 EUR

ESTRO Members

  575 EUR 

 725 EUR

In-training members*

  425 EUR

 575 EUR

* Members with specialty RadiationTherapist (RTT) may register at the In-Training fee

Early rates are applied up to three months before the starting date of the course.

Late rates are applied three months before the starting date of the course.

The fee includes the course material, coffees, lunches, and the social event.

Advance registration & payment are required.

Access to homework and/or course material will become available upon receipt of full payment.

Insurance and cancellation

ESTRO does not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal accidents or incidents. Participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance policies.   

For any cancellation made by the course or workshop participant, ESTRO School Events Cancellation Policy will be followed and all stated penalty fees will be applied. 

In the unlikely event that ESTRO would need to cancel the event, ESTRO will reimburse the participants in full for the registration fee. ESTRO will not refund any travel and accommodation expenses.

Reduced fees are not available for this course


The ESTRO Solidarity Fund receives generous funding from the ESTRO Supporting Ambassador members. This fund enables the financing of three educational grants for one ESTRO course in 2024.

Each grant is set at 1,500€ and is intended to cover the cost of one registration for the course (350€). Additionally, it assists in partially reimbursing expenses related to travel, on-site accommodation and food.

Reimbursements will be based on expense reports provided by the beneficiary, ensuring that the total reimbursement does not exceed the grant amount under any circumstances.

Selection criteria

  • Applications for educational grants will be processed by ESTRO on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Applicants should be:
    • ESTRO members in 2024 
    • Currently in training
    • Active in the field of radiotherapy, radiobiology, radiation physics, or radiation technology.
    • Citizens of low or upper middle income countries (based on the World bank listing).
  • Applicants should have not utilized the ESTRO Solidarity Fund to attend events within the past two years.
  • Applicant must provide the application form, a curriculum vitae and a recommendation letter from their head of department confirming their current training status and the essential need for financial assistance to attend the ESTRO event, and highlighting the benefits to the department or institute.
  • Applicants are required to commit to writing a course report.

Deadline for submission of application : 2 months before the day the course starts

Download the application form here

Application should be sent to