Highlights

The overview paper describing the motivation and goals of the UHDpulse project and providing details on the state-of-the-art of the radiotherapy using particle beams with ultra-high pulse dose rates was published in Physica Medica journal.

The first UHDpulse conference for stakeholders will take place in Vienna 1-3 December 2021. The website in online. The conference brings together the latest radiation therapies of today with the research and trials that are shaping the oncology treatment of tomorrow. For three days the leading researchers and clinicians will fire you into the future of radiotherapy with stimulating discussions, plenary lectures and a range of presentations. The conference is jointly organized by the University of Manchester, the Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Lausanne University Hospital, the National Metrology Institute of Germany, the International Biophysics Collaboration, Institut Curie, the Kenes Group and EU projects UHDpulse and INSPIRE. Download the flyer or go to the converence website. Learn more here.


Acknowledgement

This project 18HLT04 UHDpulse has received funding from the EMPIR programme co-financed by the Participating States and from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

EURAMET website of the Project is here.


Project summary

UHDpulse – Metrology for advanced radiotherapy using particle beams with ultra-high pulse dose rates is a joint research project within the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR). The project began on 1 September 2019 and will run for 3.5 years, finishing on 28 February 2023. The overall goal of the project is to provide the metrological tools needed to establish traceability in absorbed dose measurements of particle beams with ultra-high pulse dose rates (UHPDR), i.e. with ultra-high dose per pulse or with ultrashort pulse duration. The project is coordinated by the National Metrology Institute of Germany, PTB.

Download the Publishable SummaryAdobe Acrobat file of the project.

Download the overview paper describing the motivation and goals of the UHDpulse project and providing details on the state-of-the-art of the radiotherapy using particle beams with ultra-high pulse dose rates.

The specific objectives are:

  1. To develop a metrological framework, including SI-traceable primary and secondary reference standards and validated reference methods for dosimetry measurements for particle beams with ultra-high pulse dose rates.
  2. To characterise the response of available detector systems in particle beams with ultra-high dose per pulse or with ultrashort pulse duration.
  3. To develop traceable and validated methods for relative dosimetry and for the characterisation of stray radiation outside the primary pulsed particle beams.
  4. Using the results from objectives 1-3, to provide the input data for Codes of Practice for absolute dose measurements in particle beams with ultra-high pulse dose rates.
  5. To facilitate the uptake of the project’s achievements by the measurement supply chain, standards developing organisations (e.g. those associated with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and International Commission on Radiation Units (ICRU) reports) and end users (clinical and academic laboratories, hospitals and radiotherapy manufacturers).

The workpackage description is provided here and the project background is described here.

More detailed results from reports internal to the project may be made available to individual enquirers.