ASM – 2019

Annual Scientific Meeting 2019


The 10th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine will be held in March in Dublin. This year’s ASM will be held in Croke Park on Saturday March 23rd. The IAPM ASM organising committee are working hard to bring you an exciting and stimulating programme that builds on the success of previous years. Many thanks to our sponsors for their generous support for this event without which it would not be possible.

Abstract submission is now closed. Click here to download the abstract submission guidelines. Click here to read the IEL Bursary guidelines.


Guest Speakers

  • Dr. Kyle Jones

Associate Professor, Department of Imaging Physics
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dr. Jones is the Section Chief of Radiologic Physics in the Department of Imaging Physics at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  His current clinical focus is on interventional and intraoperative imaging. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and been awarded grants for his research.  In 2013, Dr. Jones received the Farrington Daniels Award for best paper on Radiation Dosimetry in Medical Physics, the journal of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. Dr. Jones is currently leading the pilot phase of the ACR-SIR Fluoroscopy Dose Index Registry and he is the physics editor for the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.  He has delivered numerous presentations as an invited speaker at national and international conferences. Dr. Jones is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiological Physics, the American Board of Imaging Informatics, and is a fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

  • Prof. Brendan McClean
  • Dr. Virginia Tsapaki

Currently, head of the medical physics department at Konstantopoulio General Hospital of Athens, Greece (ESR Eurosafe Imaging 5 star hospital). 27 years of experience in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expert sent in more than 20 missions for the last 13 years. Participated in multiple European projects (ENEN+ project, Clinical DRLs project, BSS Transposition Project, ENETRAP III, Paediatric DRLs, EUTEMPE-RX, EMAN, SENTINEL, DOSEDATAMED II, DIMOND II and III). International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) Secretary General (SG) for the term 2015-2018 and 2018-2021, e Medical Physics World Newsletter and IOMP website chair for 2012-2015. Founder and Chair of the IOMP Women Subcommitte since 2015. EFOMP Chair of Communications and Publications Committee in 2012-2013 and EFOMP Projects Committee Chair for 2016-2017. Hellenic Association of Medical Physicists (HAMP) SG for 2010-2012 and HAMP President for 2012-2018. Member of Organizing, Scientific Committee, International Advisory Committee or chair of various international conferences. Editorial member of the European Journal of Medical physics (EJMP) and Medical Physics International. Section editor of the Hellenic Radiology Journal. Honorary Editor of IOMP eMPW. Member of the European Society of Radiology Radiation Protection Subcommittee. More than 120 publications in SCI journals and national and international journals or conference proceedings. More than 200 presentations and posters in national and international conferences. IOMP Fellow in 2016. International Day of Medical Physics Award 2017. Field of expertize: Patient and staff dosimetry, optimization, diagnostic reference levels, dose tracking software.

  • Prof. Markus Buchgeister

Markus Buchgeister is a professor for medical radiation physics at the Beuth University for applied sciences at Berlin since 2010. From 1995 to 2010 he worked at radiation therapy department of the university clinic of Tübingen. At that time he also started teaching medical technical assistants at the local school of the university clinic, which he and hopefully his students enjoyed as well.

Since 2003, he is engaged as co-opted board member for public relations and communications of the German Society for Medical Physics (DGMP). Parallel, he served as chairman of the EFOMP Communication and Publications Committee 2003-2009 and from 2009-2015 as German EFOMP delegate. In 2006 he relaunched the EFOMP European Medical Physics News (EMPNews) in electronic format and is on its editorial board since then. In 2017-2018 he was chairman of the EFOMP Education and Training Committee, being now its vice-chairman in 2019 and a German EFOMP delegate for a second round.

His special interests are in modern educational techniques for medical physics as well as getting subjects of medical physics into teaching at schools.

  • Assoc. Prof. Michelle Leech

Michelle Leech is an Associate Professor and Head of department at the Discipline of Radiation Therapy, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Michelle is Course Director of the BSc. (Honours) Radiation Therapy at Trinity College. She is immediate past Chair of the RTT (Radiation TherapisT) Committee within the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO). Within ESTRO, she is Chair of blended learning at the ESTRO School and is a member of the Educational Council. She is Editor-in Chief of the ESTRO Journal Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology and is a member of the editorial board of `Radiotherapy and Oncology’. Michelle also contributes to activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), particularly in the education of RTTs.

Programme at a glance

  • 22nd March 2019, 10am to 11:30am – EFOMP Leadership Meeting (EFOMP & IAPM council only)
  • 22nd March 2019, 12pm to 1pm – ICPM Meeting
  • 22nd March 2019, 1pm to 5pm – Friday Workshop: “Research and Education”
  • 22nd March 2019, 5:30pm to 6pm – Tour of Croke Park
  • 22nd March 2019, 7pm – Conference Dinner in Wallace’s Asti
  • 23rd March 2019, 8am to 5pm – 10th Annual Scientific Meeting

Workshop and Conference Venue

Croke Park stadium is the home of Gaelic games and the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). For more information about this historic landmark, visit their website:

There is free parking on-site for all IAPM ASM delegates. A location map, travel details and details on parking are available here.

Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner will take place on Friday evening at 7pm in Wallace’s Asti. Tickets are limited and pre-booking is essential. Please choose your meal in advance from this set menu (click here for pizza options). Your chosen option should be sent to by March 8th.


Conference Hotel

The Croke Park Hotel is directly across the road from Croke Park. The hotel have kindly offered the following delegate rate for IAPM ASM delegates: €149BB single occupancy or €179BB double/twin occupancy inclusive of full Irish breakfast, complimentary car parking and high speed Wi – Fi.

To avail of these rates please phone the hotel on  (01) 871 4444 and quote our special discount code: BOOK230319.

8:15 Registration

8:45 President’s Welcome

9.00 INVITED SPEAKER – Virginia Tsapaki


10:05 INVITED SPEAKER – Kyle Jones
Estimation and interpretation of skin dose during interventional procedures

10:55 Coffee in the sponsorship area

11:25 The impact of the heel effect and lag on the uniformity of a-Se detector for mammography application Paola Baldelli
11.40 Dose Optimisation from CR to DR: A Paediatric Perspective Andrew Moran
11:55 Initial experiences in establishing a 68Ga-based radiopharmaceutical service in PET/CT Ann McCann
12:10 Challenges encountered when shielding a Dual-Room Sliding Gantry CT Installation Aoife Gallagher
12:25 Relative response of eye dosimeters to variations in scattered x-ray energy spectra encountered in interventional radiology Maeve Masterson
12:40 Experience of implementing Patient Dose Tracking Software in Neuro and Vascular Interventional Radiology Ronan Faulkner

11:25 Benchmarking novel optical fibre sensors for applications in radiation therapy Majed Alharbi
11.40 Using a deep neural network to predict deviations in mean heart dose during the treatment of left-sided deep inspiration breath hold patients Ciaran Malone
11:55 Dosimetry assessment of patient-specific 3D printable material for HDR surface brachytherapy Sarah Bassi
12:10 Superficial X-ray therapy beam measurements using a liquid-filled chamber array Keith Davey
12:25 Radiobiological modelling of clonogen distribution, hypoxic fraction and tumour size effects on local tumour control of non-small cell lung cancer Mohammed Alaswad
12:40 Testing of auto segmentation to improve the workflow for stereotactic radiosurgery Gordon Sands

12:55 Lunch in the sponsorship area



13:55 INVITED SPEAKER – Brendan McClean
Personal(ised medicine) ads: MV seeks kV and T to develop meaningful relationship

Open to students, trainees or basic grade IAPM members who submitted work with a clinical application
14:45 Energy and dose dependence of GafChromic EBT3-V3 film across a wide energy range Sarah Bassi
14:48 Superficial X-ray therapy beam measurements using a liquid-filled chamber array Keith Davey
14:51 Commissioning Process for High Dose Rate Prostate Brachytherapy Sarah Larkin
14:54 Investigation into the radiobiological re-calculation of the DVH using EQD2 for the addition of Brachytherapy and External Beam Radiotherapy treatment plans Rhonda Flynn
14:57 Relative response of eye dosimeters to variations in scattered x-ray energy spectra encountered in interventional radiology Maeve Masterson
15:00 A review of Slope Intercept GFR patient data to validate and optimize the introduction of Single Sample GFR technique Nina McWilliams
15:03 Verification of manufacturer supplied source paths for Elekta ring applicators at Cork University Hospital David Caldwell
15:06 A study on the comparison of the dose distribution of low kV X-ray radiation in generically modulated bone and CT scanned bone Dean McCarthy
15:09 Dosimetry assessment of patient-specific 3D printable material for HDR surface brachytherapy Sarah Bassi

15:20 Coffee in the sponsorship area

15:45 YOUNG INVESTIGATOR GRANTEE 2018 – Andrea Doyle


16:05 Radiation dosimetry across a variety of CBCT devices in Radiology Emer Kenny
16:20 EPA funded radon research in Ireland and its impact on the National Radon Control Strategy Mark Foley
16:35 History of Medical Physics and Physics in Medicine in Ireland Jim Malone
17:00 Close of Meeting David Lavin

Research and Education Workshop, Friday 22nd March

1:00pm Registration & Sponsor Exhibit
1:50pm Welcome message & Introduction David Lavin
2:00pm Modern educational techniques in teaching Medical Physics. How to do your best for the audience given Markus Buchgeister
2:40pm Learning in the online environment – a paradigm shift for healthcare education Michelle Leech
3:00pm Development of Radiation Research Capacity in Ireland Lorraine Currivan
3:20pm COFFEE
3:40pm Expanding your personal horizons: Involving yourself in your national and international committees or organizations Virginia Tsapiki
4:20pm Research in our Health Service: thoughts on activity, governance and future strategy Ana Terres
4:40pm PANEL DISCUSSION All Speakers
5:00 Close of Workshop

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