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Commissioning of Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Systems: Testing for Typical External Beam Treatment Techniques

Report of the Coordinated Research Project on Development of Procedures for Quality Assurance of Dosimetry Calculations in Radiotherapy

No. 1583
English IAEA-TECDOC-1583 (ISBN: 978-92-0-100508-3)
76 pages ¦ figures ¦ EUR 15.00 ¦ Date published: 2008

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Description

This publication is a guide for the clinical commissioning of radiotherapy treatment planning systems (RTPSs) and provides a simple protocol for this task. The procedures for clinical commissioning tests cover typical treatment techniques used in radiotherapy hospitals and are based on the use of a specific phantom. The purpose of this testing is twofold. Firstly, the tests will provide an educational opportunity for the user to become familiar with the operation of the RTPS. Secondly, the tests will demonstrate to the user that the logistic chain starting from computed tomography (CT) scanning, anatomic modelling, treatment planning and monitor unit/time (MU) calculation is operable for typical treatment techniques and leads to the desired results with sufficient accuracy.

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Keywords

Life Sciences, Clinical Commissioning Tests, Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Systems, RTPSs, Education, CT Scanning, Anatomic Modelling, Monitor Unit Calculation, Dosimetry, Non Coplanar Beams, Hospitals, Member States, Quality Assurance, Documentation, Implementation, Electrotechnical Commission, Radiation Doses, Photon Beams, Manufacturers, Recommendations, Verification, Quality Control, Coordinated Research Project, CRP, Clinical Trials, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Dose Calculations

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