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Title: Sci-Fri AM: Quality, Safety, and Professional Issues 02: Recent work on TQC Suite and Data from a National survey on Community Uptake

Abstract

The Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiotherapy (CPQR) and the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicist’s (COMP) Quality Assurance and Radiation Safety Advisory Committee (QARSAC) have worked together in the development of a suite of Technical Quality Control (TQC) Guidelines for radiation treatment equipment and technologies, that outline specific performance objectives and criteria that equipment should meet in order to assure an acceptable level of radiation treatment quality. Early community engagement and uptake survey data showed 70% of Canadian centers are part of this process and that the data in the guideline documents reflect, and are influencing the way Canadian radiation treatment centres run their technical quality control programs. As the TQC development framework matured as a cross-country initiative, guidance documents have been developed in many clinical technologies. Recently, there have been new TQC documents initiated for Gamma Knife and Cyberknife technologies where the entire communities within Canada are involved in the review process. At the same time, QARSAC reviewed the suite as a whole for the first time and it was found that some tests and tolerances overlapped across multiple documents as single tests could pertain to multiple quality control areas. The work to streamline the entire suite has allowed formore » improved usability of the suite while keeping the integrity of single quality control areas. The suite will be published by the JACMP, in the coming year.« less

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  1. Royal Victoria Hospital (Canada)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22689363
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Medical Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 43; Journal Issue: 8; Other Information: (c) 2016 American Association of Physicists in Medicine; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0094-2405
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; COMMUNITIES; QUALITY ASSURANCE; QUALITY CONTROL; RADIATION PROTECTION; SAFETY; UPTAKE; QUALITY MANAGEMENT

Citation Formats

Malkoske, Kyle, Nielsen, Michelle, Brown, Erika, Diamond, Kevin, Frenière, Normand, Grant, John, Pomerleau-Dalcourt, Natalie, Schella, Jason, Schreiner, L. John, Tantot, Laurent, Barajas, Eduardo Villareal, Sasaki, David, Milette, Marie-Pierre, Bertrand, Marie-Joëlle, and Bissonnette, Jean-Pierre. Sci-Fri AM: Quality, Safety, and Professional Issues 02: Recent work on TQC Suite and Data from a National survey on Community Uptake. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1118/1.4961838.
Malkoske, Kyle, Nielsen, Michelle, Brown, Erika, Diamond, Kevin, Frenière, Normand, Grant, John, Pomerleau-Dalcourt, Natalie, Schella, Jason, Schreiner, L. John, Tantot, Laurent, Barajas, Eduardo Villareal, Sasaki, David, Milette, Marie-Pierre, Bertrand, Marie-Joëlle, & Bissonnette, Jean-Pierre. Sci-Fri AM: Quality, Safety, and Professional Issues 02: Recent work on TQC Suite and Data from a National survey on Community Uptake. United States. doi:10.1118/1.4961838.
Malkoske, Kyle, Nielsen, Michelle, Brown, Erika, Diamond, Kevin, Frenière, Normand, Grant, John, Pomerleau-Dalcourt, Natalie, Schella, Jason, Schreiner, L. John, Tantot, Laurent, Barajas, Eduardo Villareal, Sasaki, David, Milette, Marie-Pierre, Bertrand, Marie-Joëlle, and Bissonnette, Jean-Pierre. Mon . "Sci-Fri AM: Quality, Safety, and Professional Issues 02: Recent work on TQC Suite and Data from a National survey on Community Uptake". United States. doi:10.1118/1.4961838.
@article{osti_22689363,
title = {Sci-Fri AM: Quality, Safety, and Professional Issues 02: Recent work on TQC Suite and Data from a National survey on Community Uptake},
author = {Malkoske, Kyle and Nielsen, Michelle and Brown, Erika and Diamond, Kevin and Frenière, Normand and Grant, John and Pomerleau-Dalcourt, Natalie and Schella, Jason and Schreiner, L. John and Tantot, Laurent and Barajas, Eduardo Villareal and Sasaki, David and Milette, Marie-Pierre and Bertrand, Marie-Joëlle and Bissonnette, Jean-Pierre},
abstractNote = {The Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiotherapy (CPQR) and the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicist’s (COMP) Quality Assurance and Radiation Safety Advisory Committee (QARSAC) have worked together in the development of a suite of Technical Quality Control (TQC) Guidelines for radiation treatment equipment and technologies, that outline specific performance objectives and criteria that equipment should meet in order to assure an acceptable level of radiation treatment quality. Early community engagement and uptake survey data showed 70% of Canadian centers are part of this process and that the data in the guideline documents reflect, and are influencing the way Canadian radiation treatment centres run their technical quality control programs. As the TQC development framework matured as a cross-country initiative, guidance documents have been developed in many clinical technologies. Recently, there have been new TQC documents initiated for Gamma Knife and Cyberknife technologies where the entire communities within Canada are involved in the review process. At the same time, QARSAC reviewed the suite as a whole for the first time and it was found that some tests and tolerances overlapped across multiple documents as single tests could pertain to multiple quality control areas. The work to streamline the entire suite has allowed for improved usability of the suite while keeping the integrity of single quality control areas. The suite will be published by the JACMP, in the coming year.},
doi = {10.1118/1.4961838},
journal = {Medical Physics},
issn = {0094-2405},
number = 8,
volume = 43,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {8}
}