Welcome to STEF 2023 

Use the left/right arrows below to move between the two days of the conference, and the dropdown arrows where provided to find out more about different sessions, speakers and talk titles.

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  • 09:00 - 10:30
    Welcome to STEF 2023, "Tackling Challenges Together"
    • 09:00 - 09:15
    • 09:15 - 09:25

      IPEM Science Leadership Strategy. Speaker: IPEM President Dr Robert Farley

    • 09:25 - 09:35
      “Tackling Challenges Together” - Goals and overview of STEF. Speaker: Andrew Reilly, Scientific Director, Department of Clinical Physics and Bioengineering, NHS GGC
    • 09:40 - 10:30

      John Mallard Lecture: Hitting tumours with the hybrid 1.5T MRI radiotherapy system: from development towards real-time adaptive radiotherapy

      Speaker: Professor Bas Raaymakers, (followed by short Q&A)

  • 09:00 - 18:00
    IoP Publishing Peer Review excellence taster workshop
  • 09:00 - 18:00
    Demonstration Area: RMU Demo & Walkthrough (UKHSA)
  • 10:30 - 11:00
    Morning Break, exhibitors and posters
  • 11:00 - 12:30
    Morning Special Interest Sessions - drop down for details (note sessions run concurrently)
    • 11:00 - 12:30

      Radiotherapy: Adaptive radiotherapy
      Liz Adams: Implementation of CBCT-based online adaptive radiotherapy: challenges and opportunities
      Joel Burton-Lowe:  Quality Assurance of the Varian Ethos Adaptive Radiotherapy System Using Virtually-Deformed Anthropomorphic Phantoms
      Hubert Stankiewicz: MR-only workflow validation for daily adaptive radiotherapy for prostate cancer patients on the Unity MR-Linac
      Joan Chick:  Using ROMEO to unwrap B0 maps for eligibility assessment of patients with implants for Magnetic Resonance guided Adaptive Radiotherapy (MRgART)
      Ronan Valentine: Adaptive Radiotherapy for the Oropharynx: A Dose Escalation Journey

    • 11:00 - 12:30

      Imaging/Radiation Protection: MR Updates (HF, LF MRSE)

      Graeme Keith: High Field MR Update

      Paul Cawley: Clinical applications of ultra-low field MR Imaging: Progress & Potential

      John Foster: The IPEM MRSE Certificate of Competence Scheme

      John Tracey: Application of Synthetic Data in the Training of Artificial Intelligence for Automated Quality Assurance in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    • 11:00 - 12:30

      Engineering: Medical Asset Management: ISO 9001 vs IEC 55001 vs BS 70000.

      Panel Speakers:

      Lesley Sneddon: Implementation of BS EN 55001

      David Crompton: UKAS Update – BS 70000 and the UKAS Assisted Application Scheme

      Structured Discussion

    • 11:00 - 12:30

      Education / Professional: Medical Device Regulation, including Software as a Medical Device (SaMD).

      Paul Campbell: Recent history of development of MDR

      Lorna Harper: Software as a medical device – regulatory compliance in practice

      Justin McCarthy: Practicalities of in-house manufacture in relation to medical devices regulations (HIE)

      Rachel Jackson: Facilitated discussion

  • 12:30 - 13:30
    Lunch, Peer to Peer Exchange, Exhibitors and Posters
  • 13:30 - 15:00
    Afternoon Special Interest Sessions - drop down for details (note sessions run concurrently)
    • 13:30 - 15:00

      Radiotherapy: Proton Therapy and Translational Research.

      Ran Mackay: Certainty in Protons in uncertain times

      Adrian Crellin: The NHS Proton Beam Programme – The Challenge of an Evidence Base in Innovative Therapies

      Anthony Chalmers: RadNet and Translation from research to the clinic

      Bill Nailon: The PROSECCA Project

    • 13:30 - 15:00

      Imaging/Radiation Protection: Radiation Monitoring Unit (RMU) Scientific Session.

      Andrew Reilly: Introduction

      Matthew Simpson: Overview of RMU Equipment

      Andrew Reilly: Experience from previous RMU exercises

      Connaugh Fallon: Update on current national exercises and planning

      Panel Discussion

    • 13:30 - 15:00

      Engineering: Body Temperature Measurement.

      Prof Mark Tooley: Overview & Introduction

      Dr Rob Simpson: Clinical Thermometry

      Dr Rob Simpson: Small cohort study – Body temperature (calibration assessment - forehead & tympanic use on healthy volunteers)

      Prof Mark Tooley: Public, Patient and audience Involvement - Study feedback / discussion

      Question and answer with audience 

    • 13:30 - 14:15

      Education/Professional Room 4: Sustainability.

      Robert Chuter: Initial comparison of the carbon footprint of radiotherapy across cancer centres

      Catherine Stanford-Edwards: Clinical linear accelerator power consumption: Can we reduce financial and environmental cost?

      Liam Jones: Sustainable Healthcare: Accurately Reporting Waste Volatile Anaesthetic Gas Capture

      Q&A and Discussion

    • 13:30 - 15:00

      Education/Professional Room 5: Big Data & AI.

      Chris Hopkins: Multimodal AI analysis of Prostate Cancer indicators to reduce patient backlogs and improve patient care

      Cat Macleod:  Eye can see clearly now – how NLP can be used to extract greater value from existing clinical data in Ophthalmology

      James Moggridge: QNI-CE - Clinical deployment of novel quantitative neuro-image analysis techniques using containerisation technology

      Olivia Lala: ProCEED with caution: The challenges of developing a real-time clinical dashboard for the prostate cancer service

  • 15:00 - 15:30
    Afternoon Break, exhibitors and posters
  • 15:30 - 17:00
    Keynote: Woolmer Lecture & Prize Presentation
    • 15:30 - 16:20

      Woolmer Lecture: Communicating Science.

      Keynote Speaker: Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam MBE 

    • 16:20 - 16:50

      IPEM Prize Awards

      Presented by Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam MBE

  • 17:00 - 18:00
    Industry Showcase - Sponsored by Varian
  • 18:15 - 19:45
    Civic Reception, Glasgow City Chambers
  • 08:00 - 09:00
    Morning Session 1 - General Sessions - drop down for details
    • 08:00 - 09:00

      Publications Workshop - Hosted by Elsevier

    • 08:00 - 09:00

      Radiation Protection Regulation Refresher.

      James Taylor HSE: The new consents process under IRR17

    • 08:00 - 09:00

      Physics of Life: Future drivers of physics and engineering in the clinic.

      Stephen Smye: Introduction to Physics of Life

      Robert Insall: Emergent properties due to competition – why intuition in biology is not always correct

      Olwyn Byron: New antimicrobials and anti-virulence drugs facilitated by progress in physics

  • 08:00 - 15:30
    IoP Publications Peer Review excellence taster workshops
  • 09:00 - 10:30
    Morning Session 2: Special Interest Sessions - drop down for details
    • 09:00 - 10:30

      Radiotherapy: Molecular Radiotherapy & Brachytherapy.

      Fergus McKiddie: Current Developments in Molecular Radiotherapy and their Deployment in Scotland

      Colin Brown: Local MRT implementation and the UK MRT Consortium

      Matthew Talboys: Delivering a Ra-223 Dichloride Therapeutic Service – Pitfalls of experience!

      Claire Fletcher: Improvements in Cervix Brachytherapy planning and outcomes between 2013 and 2022 at Coventry

      Fatima Mahmood: Commissioning of MOSFET for clinical use: Feasibility of real-time in vivo dosimetry for high dose rate gynaecological brachytherapy.

    • 09:00 - 10:30

      Imaging/Radiation Protection: MR Update (MR-Linac, MR-PET, MR & COVID).

      Alex Dunlop: MR-Linac Update

      Krithika Loganath: PET-MR: An update on the clinical and research uses

      John McLean: Making better use of imaging data to improve MR scientific services to radiology  

      Matt Hall: The perfect machine and what it means for quantitative MRI reproducibility

    • 09:00 - 10:30

      Engineering: Clinical Safety of Healthcare IT Systems.

      Andrew Reilly: Intro and welcome: the scene so far

      Jackie O’Flynn: The Scottish Approach to Clinical Safety Cases:
      An overview of the Scottish Approach to Clinical Safety Cases for healthcare IT; discussing associated ISO standards, project phases and milestones through the software lifecycle, and key features.

      Patrick Maw: My experience using DCB 0129/0160

      Structured discussion + audience Q&A

    • 09:00 - 10:30

      Education/Professional: Workforce for the Future - different career paths.

      Anna Barnes: CPD opportunities at IPEM 

      Daniel Darian (Siemens) / Chris Buckley (GE Healthcare): What opportunities are available in industry for medical physicists – perspectives from two large health care companies 

      Sarah Peel: Career development from a clinically-focused medical physicist into a strategic education role

  • 10:30 - 11:00
    Morning Break, Posters, Exhibitors, Peer to Peer Exchange
  • 11:00 - 12:30
    Morning Session 3: Special Interest Sessions - drop down for details
    • 11:00 - 12:30

      Radiotherapy: AI in Radiotherapy.

      Chris Walker: AI in Radiotherapy – Funding and Implementation

      Amy Edwards: Evaluation of the performance of OSAIRIS (Open-source artificial intelligence auto-segmentation software) against two commercially available software packages used in radiotherapy planning

      Virginia Marin Anaya:  Implementation of AI contouring tools Limbus AI and AI Rad Companion Organs RT for radiotherapy treatment planning of head and neck cancer

      Samantha Warren: AI segmentation as a quality improvement tool in radiotherapy planning

      Roundtable discussion: Implementation of AI contouring tools 

    • 11:00 - 12:30

      Imaging/Radiation Protection: Classified workers in Nuclear Medicine.

      Anthony Murray: Why do we need NM IRR17 worker classification?

      Graham Whish: Classifying Nuclear Medicine Staff – Legalities and Practicalities 

      Matthew Memmott: Classifying Nuclear Medicine Staff - Good practice and systems of operation

      William Thomson: Potential Skin Doses in Nuclear Medicine Incidents

      Katherine McLellan: Estimating Skin Dose from Contamination for Risk Assessment Using Varskin+ v1.1

    • 11:00 - 12:30

      Engineering: Addressing the Challenges in Rehabilitation Engineering.

      Ben Oldfrey: Jack Perkins Prize for best paper in MEP “Additive manufacturing techniques for smart prosthetic liners”

      Zoe Clarke: Environmental controls - clinical challenges and solutions

      Jon Graham: The challenges of new technology in the disabled world

      Andy Dunne: Investigating Adverse Incidents – working together to improve patient safety

      Jonathan Hosking: Setting up a clinical gait analysis lab

      Emma Pratt: A Quality Improvement Project in a Clinical Gait Analysis Service

    • 11:00 - 12:30

      Education/Professional: HSST IAPS Preparation.

      Lisa Ayers: Overview of IAPS – what we’re looking for and experience so far

  • 12:30 - 13:30
    Lunch, Posters, Exhibitors, Peer to Peer Exchange
  • 13:30 - 15:00
    Afternoon Session 1: Special Interest Sessions - drop down for details
    • 13:30 - 15:00

      Radiotherapy: Advances in Dosimetry  Sponsored by PTW logo

      Sarah Misson-Yates -  Inter-departmental audit group update and new IPEM phantoms for national audits

      George Thickett - Dosimetric accuracy of the Eclipse treatment planning system at extended source-to-surface distance for total body irradiation treatments with use of boosting/shielding fields

      Rebecca Hughes - Assessment of the sensitivity of various Quality Control devices to Linear Accelerator beam steering and energy adjustments

      Hannah Marshall - A multi-institutional evaluation of a novel 3D-printed phantom for daily 6DoF QA checks

      Sam Baker - Investigation of Beam Central Axis Position Offsets Using an Automatic Analysis Tool with an EPID Panel

      Alexandros Pagonidis - ALETRI: a novel phantom for Triggered Imaging Auto Beam Hold

    • 13:30 - 15:00

      Early Career Presentation Session.

      Belinda Gorell - 2021 PhD in Work Bursary recipient - progress report

      Jungwook Shoo - Roberts Prize for best paper Physics in Medicine and Biology. HEDOS—a computational tool to assess radiation dose to circulating blood cells during external beam radiotherapy based on whole-body blood flow simulations

      Vignesh Radhakrishnan - Determining bone position using microwave imaging: a feasibility study

      Christopher Mayhew - Dosimetric and volumetric effects of end expiration breath hold radiotherapy for oesophageal cancer

      Maria Koutrouli - Comparison of secondary cancer development in rectum and bladder after prostate radiotherapy, between VMAT and SABR regimes

      Alice Gutowski - A study on skin doses in interventional cardiology

      Robert Williams - Facilitating Intra-Operative MR QC via 3D Printing

    • 13:30 - 15:00

      Engineering: Governance of AI.

      Lorna Harper - BS 30440: A validation framework for the use of AI within Healthcare

      Carol Monaghan, MP - A view on governance of AI

      Debate & Q&A 

    • 13:30 - 15:00

      Education/Professional: Future Workforce: Training routes.

      Lauren Harrison - Overview of UK routes into HCS workforce

      Patrick Maw - An overview of the new Clinical Scientific Computing STP

      Emma Pratt - STP Review in Clinical Engineering

      Steve Gandy - Intro to Scottish training, hybrid training and experiences (discussion panel may be made up of attendees)

  • 15:00 - 15:30
    Afternoon Break - Posters, Exhibitors, Peer to Peer Exchange
  • 15:30 - 17:00
    What Next? Capturing the output
    • 15:30 - 17:00

      Highest Scoring Abstracts:

      Roger Staff -  Upstream trapdoors in Breast Screening AI: local validation and the need for ongoing QC.

      Jigar Dubal - Cherenkov light emission in molecular radiation therapy and its application to dosimetry

      Sagar SabharwalDetermination of Optic Nerve Motion Amplitude using MRI for Calculating Optic Nerve Planning Risk Volume Margins for Stereotactic Radiosurgery

    • 15:30 - 17:00

      Andrew Reilly  - What next? Capturing the big questions Leading to output via publications.

      Anna Barnes, IPEM President Elect - What Next for IPEM. 

    • 15:30 - 17:00

      Closing Address:

      Keynote Speaker: Carol Monaghan, MP - The public and patient impact of the Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Community. 

* Please note, programme, rooms and speakers subject to change