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Minimum requirements on a QA program in radiation oncology

Abstract

In April, 1994, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine published a ``Comprehensive QA for radiation oncology:`` a report of the AAPM Radiation Therapy Committee. This is a comprehensive QA program which is likely to become the standard for such programs in the United States. The program stresses the interdisciplinary nature of QA in radiation oncology involving the radiation oncologists, the radiotherapy technologies (radiographers), dosimetrists, and accelerator engineers, as well as the medical physicists. This paper describes a comprehensive quality assurance program with the main emphasis on the quality assurance in radiation therapy using a linear accelerator. The paper deals with QA for a linear accelerator and simulator and QA for treatment planning computers. Next the treatment planning process and QA for individual patients is described. The main features of this report, which should apply to QA programs in any country, emphasizes the responsibilities of the medical physicist. (author). 7 refs, 9 tabs.
Authors:
Almond, P R [1] 
  1. Louisville Univ., Louisville, KY (United States). J.G. Brown Cancer Center
Publication Date:
Aug 01, 1996
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IAEA-TECDOC-896; CONF-940864-
Reference Number:
SCA: 560101; 550603; PA: AIX-28:017936; EDB-97:029783; SN: 97001735777
Resource Relation:
Conference: Interregional seminar on radiotherapy dosimetry: radiation dose in radiotherapy from prescription to delivery, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 27-30 Aug 1994; Other Information: PBD: Aug 1996; Related Information: Is Part Of Radiation dose in radiotherapy from prescription to delivery; PB: 293 p.
Subject:
56 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, APPLIED STUDIES; 55 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, BASIC STUDIES; QUALITY ASSURANCE; STANDARDIZATION; RADIOTHERAPY; DOSIMETRY; LINEAR ACCELERATORS; MEDICAL PERSONNEL; PLANNING; RADIOLOGICAL PERSONNEL; RADIOLOGY
OSTI ID:
429933
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 1011-4289; Other: ON: DE97614216; TRN: XA9642864017936
Availability:
INIS; OSTI as DE97614216
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
pp. 237-250
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Almond, P R. Minimum requirements on a QA program in radiation oncology. IAEA: N. p., 1996. Web.
Almond, P R. Minimum requirements on a QA program in radiation oncology. IAEA.
Almond, P R. 1996. "Minimum requirements on a QA program in radiation oncology." IAEA.
@misc{etde_429933,
title = {Minimum requirements on a QA program in radiation oncology}
author = {Almond, P R}
abstractNote = {In April, 1994, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine published a ``Comprehensive QA for radiation oncology:`` a report of the AAPM Radiation Therapy Committee. This is a comprehensive QA program which is likely to become the standard for such programs in the United States. The program stresses the interdisciplinary nature of QA in radiation oncology involving the radiation oncologists, the radiotherapy technologies (radiographers), dosimetrists, and accelerator engineers, as well as the medical physicists. This paper describes a comprehensive quality assurance program with the main emphasis on the quality assurance in radiation therapy using a linear accelerator. The paper deals with QA for a linear accelerator and simulator and QA for treatment planning computers. Next the treatment planning process and QA for individual patients is described. The main features of this report, which should apply to QA programs in any country, emphasizes the responsibilities of the medical physicist. (author). 7 refs, 9 tabs.}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1996}
month = {Aug}
}