Odette Cancer Centre

Odette Cancer Centre

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Sunnybrook is located at 2075 Bayview Avenue in Toronto. Each year, on average, two residents are accepted at this location. 

Sunnybrook has one of the largest cancer programs in North America. Our goal is to incorporate the physics residents, as much as possible, into daily clinical physics activities.   

The physics residents have desk space situated in close proximity to both the clinic and our physics staff. This puts them in the heart of interactions that go on within our mulit-disciplinary radiotherapy team. The residents attend our physics staff meetings as well as our monthly machine QA debriefing meetings which gives them a sense of the daily life of the clinical medical physicist.

Treatments and Techniques used at Sunnybrook

External Beam Radiotherapy:

  • MR-Guided Radiotherapy (MR-Linac)
  • FFF capability
  • IGRT (CBCT or MRI)
  • SRS, SBRT, fractionated SRT
  • PDT
  • Orthovoltage
  • I-131 Ablation
  • Motion management strategies


  • We offer one of the largest brachytherapy programs in North America, treating >500 prostate cases (HDR + LDR) per year and >150 gynecological HDR cases (vaginal vault, intracavitary and interstitial)
  • We offer MR image guided HDR for some prostate and gynecological case
  • 1.5 T MRI Sim for Brachytherapy adaptive planning
  • Cervix HDR brachytherapy is done intra-operatively under MR guidance
  • Custom 3D-printed surface moulds are offered for superficial skin and penile cancers
  • Current areas of development: Bile duct and Breast HDR

Vendors used at Sunnybrook

  • Elekta Unity System (MR-Linac)
  • Elekta Gamma Knife  
  • Elekta Linacs (SLi, Beam Modulators, Agility)
  • Elekta MosaiQ
  • Elekta Nucletron HDR Remote Afterloader
  • Philips 3T MRI Simulator
  • Philips 1.5 T Ingenia and Philips 1.5  T Marlin (MR-Linac)
  • Philips Wide Bore CT Simulators
  • Robotic Couch Technology (Hexapods)
  • Varian True beam
  • Varian Halcyon

Research Highlights

  • Sunnybrook is a founding member of the Elekta MR-Linac Consortium
  • MR-Linac associated research and development projects / clinical implementation
  • Gamma Knife associated research projects and development 
  • Brachytherapy innovation
  • High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
  • Adaptive Radiotherapy associated projects
  • Functional imaging research
  • Detectors / radiation measurements
  • Machine Learning / AI / Automated QA
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Treatment Planning projects
  • Monte Carlo related research

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