Past Working Groups
EFOMP “Medical Physics Education for the non-physics healthcare professions” - Policy Statement 18
The WG operated under Education and Training Committee from from February 2022 to February 2023.
The rationale of the WG: This working group will work together to publish EFOMP Policy Statement no 18: Medical Physics Education for the non-physics healthcare professions. This policy statement will define the role of the medical physicists in the education of the non-physics healthcare professions (including Medical, Dental professions).
The Policy Statement is under electronic postal ballot
EFOMP “Breast Tomosynthesis QC Protocol”.
The WG operated from April 2019 to March 2023.
The rationale of the WG is to develop a QC protocol for DBT systems. It is envisioned that this protocol could prevent the proliferation of other testing protocols with diverse methods of measurement and limiting values. The DBT QC protocol incorporates the new universal breast dosimetry model which is in development by a joint AAPM-EFOMP WG. Additionally, task-based image quality methods are planned to be included into practical QC procedures by the WG.
The guidelines are under publication.
EFOMP "The involvement of Medical Physics Experts in the life cycle of medical devices"- Policy Statement 17.
The WG operated under Professional Matters Committee from 1st of December 2020 to 1st December 2022.
The rationale of the WG: This working group will work together to publish EFOMP Policy Statement no 17: The Involvement of Medical Physics Experts in the life cycle of medical devices. This policy statement will inform healthcare managers and government officials on the many benefits of having MPEs involved in this process and identify some of the key areas where our expertise is invaluable over the life cycle of medical devices from specification, procurement, acceptance testing and ongoing quality assurance.
EFOMP policy statement 17: The role and competences of medical physicists and medical physics experts in the different stages of a medical device life cycle
EFOMP "PET/CT AND PET/MR QC Protocol".
The WG operated under Scientific Committee from 1st February 2020 to 1st February 2022.
The rationale of the WG: The literature on routine Quality Controls in PET/CT scanners is out-of-date or no more valid, especially in the light of the new PET/CT tomographs. The scenario for PET/MRI quality controls is even worse, because of the lack of dedicated quality controls recom-mendations on these hybrid scanners. Thus, there is a demanding need for guidelines that identify a set of routine quality controls to perform on up-to-date PET/CT and PET/MRI scanners. The set of quality controls devised should have the characteristics of being simple and easy to realize. Reference and tolerance values will also be defined. The execution of these QC would guarantee the operation of PET/CT and PET/MRI scanners under optimal conditions ensuring the best per-formance in routine clinical tasks.
EFOMP Protocol for Quality Control in PET/CT and PET/MRI
Joint EFOMP-ESTRO physics committee WG "Core curriculum revision for Medical Physics Experts working in Radiotherapy".
The WG operated from September 2019 to October 2021. EFOMP was represented by the European Matters, Education & Training, Professional Matters and Scientific Committees of EFOMP.
The rationale of the WG is to update the latest core curriculum
Core Curriculum for Medical Physics Experts (MPE) in Radiotherapy (2021)
EFOMP “Artificial Intelligence (AI)”.
The WG operated from June 2019 to April 2021.
The rationale of the WG: Big data and deep learning will profoundly change various areas of professions and research in the future. This will also happen in medicine and medical imaging in particular. Quantitative aspects of data validation, Quality Control and system modelling for the future AI methods are positioned firmly in the field of Medical Physics profession. It is our interest to ensure that our professional education, continuous training and competence will follow this significant global development.
Expanding the medical physicist curricular and professional programme to include Artificial Intelligence (2021)
EFOMP “Revision of EFOMP PS14 - Safety of MRI”.
The WG operated from June 2019 to June 2020.
The rationale of the WG was to outline the development of a Safety Management System for MRI units. The Policy Statement can help eliminate or at least minimize accidents or incidents in the magnetic resonance environment and is recommended as a step towards harmonisation of safety of workers, patients, and the general public regarding the use of magnetic resonance imaging systems in diagnostic and interventional procedures.
Joint AAPM Task Group 246 and EFOMP
The rationale of the WG: Estimating Patient Organ Dose with Computed Tomography: A Review of Present Methodology and Required DICOM Information