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At the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, the first virtual radiotherapy simulator in the Czech Republic was installed and put into operation. The VERTUAL VERT™ system from the British Consortium VERTUAL allows for creation of a virtual environment for the radiotherapy facility. The system provides 3D imaging and visualization with a platform to illustrate theoretical concepts as well as support for clinical staff in acquiring their skills or showing a course of treatment for the patient. The one Installatied at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering is not only first in the Czech Republic, but even one of the few in continental Europe. On 26 and 27 February, the faculty was trained by a foreign specialist, one of the major developers of the VERT™ system. Within a few days, students will be able to use this completely unique system under the guidance of teachers. In addition to the theoretical teaching at classes, the curriculum of the Radiology Physicist and Radiology Technician study field also includes clinical practice under the guidance of top specialists, mostly faculty graduates.

Radiotherapy is one of the most widespread and most effective methods of cancer treatment in developed countries. The success of treatment depends not only on the equipment of the clinical facilities in hospitals, but also on the knowledge and skills of the professional staff at these departments. The simulator is regarded as a breakthrough in the development of radiotherapy possibilities, as well as the training and preparation of clinic experts. The device offers the user to interact with the studied system, enhanced by virtual reality glasses. The system contains detailed information about several types of state-of-the-art radiators used in radiotherapy clinics, allowing for inspecting treatment schedules and simulation of the actual irradiation process or movement of individual components of the irradiator.

The VERT™  simulator will ensure the experts in oncology departments adopt the right work habits as well as present the negative impact on successful treatment of patients in case of inconsistency, incorrect calibration or configuration of the device´s parameters, incorrect loading and interpretation of data by the planning software, misaligment of patient and the radiation table or relative to the positional lasers in the radiation room. All without harm to the patient. Within the system, a physical mode for simulation of dosimetric measurements is available as well as other tests of the clinical irradiator with a detector in the so-called large aquatic or other clinically used phantom.