Safety Considerations for IMRT

  • Publication - 2011

    This white paper critically evaluates guidance and literature on the safe delivery of IMRT, with a primary focus on recommendations to prevent human error and methods to reduce or eliminate mistakes or machine malfunctions that can lead to catastrophic failures. It places the potential dangers of IMRT into two categories: environmental risks related to lack of sufficient QA, misuse of procedures and equipment, inadequate staff coming education and other similar factors and technical hazards such as deficient validation of treatment delivery parameters or improper use of one or more parts of the planning and delivery process. The white paper offers recommendations for supporting a culture of safety for IMRT in both of these domains.

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    Read the full statement


    Resources
    ASTRO’s IMRT Model Policy

    Author Society
    American Society for Radiation Oncology

    Endorsements
    American Association of Physicists in Medicine
    American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
    American Society of Radiologic Technologist

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