Current Working Groups
1. “Revision of EFOMP PS14 - Safety of MRI”.
The WG will operate from June 2019 to June 2020.
The rationale of the WG is 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.
2. “Breast Tomosynthesis QC Protocol”.
The WG will operate from April 2019 to March 2021.
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 should incorporate 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.
3. “Artificial Intelligence (AI)”.
The WG will operate from Jun 2019 to Apr 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, QC 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.
4. “Angiographic and fluoroscopic systems - QC protocol”.
The WG will operate under Scientific Committee from Jun 2019 to Jun 2021.
The rationale of the WG: There is lack of an harmonized procedure to test angiographic and fluorosopic equipment. Some of the tests proposed still used are out-of-date and meaningless. Manufacturers are organizing a joint effort to produce an IEC standard to test the equipment. It is envisioned that this protocol could prevent the proliferation of other testing protocols with diverse methods of measurement and limiting values. New strategies to evaluate clinical image quality will be investigated and eventually included in the protocol.
5. Joint EFOMP-AAPM WG "Breast dosimetry".
The rationale of the WG: development and dissemination of a new model and methology to etsimate the breast average glandular dose (AGD)
1. Development of a breast dose method
2. Development of a breast dosimetry phantom
Working Group calls
1. "PET/CT AND PET/MR QC Protocol".
The WG will operate under Scientific Committee from 1st February 2020 to 1st February 2022.
The term for accepting nominations is from 28th October 2019 to 28th January 2020. Call
Past Working Groups
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