Pinnacle physics and beam modelling

This course is designed for the physicist who will be responsible for the modelling of the Pinnacle3 system for Radiation Therapy. Topics covered in this course include defining machine physical characteristics, beam data collection requirements and data entry into the system, modeling of the beam data, quality assurance, and commissioning of the machines. Creation of CT to density tables, brachytherapy source commissioning and stereotactic radiosurgery commissioning will also be covered briefly.

Course information


Mr Gordon Mancuso, Dr Roger Soh (Ph.D.)




Philips Learning Academy APAC

622 Lor 1 Toa Payoh

Singapore 319763


Registration Closed

Registration Fee

SGD $1,500.00 per pax

*GST included

Seats Available



Learning Objectives:

After attending this course, and utilizing the delivered training materials, the treatment planner will:

  1. Have a basic understanding of Pinnacle3’s software version and institution handling, and be able to successfully navigate the institutions and physics databases.
  2. Create a physics machine and define the machine physical characteristics.
  3. Import scanned data and determine if the data is acceptable for modeling purposes.
  4. Have a basic understanding of the modeling process and the model parameters.
  5. Utilize the physics tools in order to create a model that meets acceptance criteria.
  6. Compute all required data and commission modalities for clinical use in the Pinnacle3 system.
  7. Create a valid CT to density table.
  8. Create basic plans for physics QA purposes.

- Audience: Therapeutic medical physicists familiar with Pinnacle3


08:30 am - 09:00 am Facility Orientation
09:00 am - 09:30 am Introductions
09:30 am - 10:00 am Course Objectives/Structure
10:00 am - 10:30 am Modeling Overview
10:30 am - 11:00 am Launchpad Overview
11:00 am - 11:30 am Database Management
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm - 03:00 pm Machines and Characterization
03:00 pm - 03:30 pm Data Collection
03:30 pm - 04:30 pm Data Import
08:30 am - 09:00 am Depth Dose
09:00 am - 10:00 am In Field
10:00 am - 11:00 am Out of Field
11:00 am - 11:30 am Wedges
11:30 am - 12:30 am Lunch
12:30 pm - 02:30 pm Auto-Modeling
02:30 pm - 03:30 pm Buildup/Electron Contamination
03:30 pm - 04:30 pm Evaluating the Model
08:30 am - 09:30 am Improving the Model
09:30 am - 10:30 am Independent Work
10:30 am - 11:30 am Output Factors
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm - 03:00 pm Electrons
03:00 pm - 04:00 pm Scanner Configuration
04:00 pm - 04:30 pm Dose Calculation
08:30 am - 09:00 am Course Evaluation
09:00 am - 09:30 am Brachytherapy/Stereotactic
09:30 am - 10:30 am Physics QA Tools
10:30 am - 11:00 am Planning
11:00 am - 11:30 am Wrap-Up
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm - 04:00 pm Q&A session
06:00 pm Course Dinner

About speaker

Mr Gordon Mancuso

Gordon Mancuso is Clinical Support Physicist with Philips Radiation Oncology Systems. He has six years of experience as a Pinnacle3 customer support physicist, and possesses clinical residency experience with Pinnacle3.

Member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine

Masters of Medical Physics, Louisiana State University, 2011

Therapeutic Medical Physics, American Board of Radiology, 2014

Dr Roger Soh (Ph.D.)

Dr. Roger Soh joined Philips as the Clinical Specialist Radiation Oncology for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Before joining Philips, Roger was a Radiation Physicist, and worked with both Varian and Elekta platforms.

Roger attained his PhD from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and carried out several research projects in small field dosimetry.

Currently, Roger holds the executive committee position as Treasurer in the Society of Medical Physicists in Singapore.