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AAPM Medical Physics Practice Guideline 8.a.: Linear accelerator performance tests

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, May 2017
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Title
AAPM Medical Physics Practice Guideline 8.a.: Linear accelerator performance tests
Published in
Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, May 2017
DOI 10.1002/acm2.12080
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Authors

Koren Smith, Peter Balter, John Duhon, Gerald A. White, David L. Vassy, Robin A. Miller, Christopher F. Serago, Lynne A. Fairobent

Abstract

The purpose of this guideline is to provide a list of critical performance tests in order to assist the Qualified Medical Physicist (QMP) in establishing and maintaining a safe and effective quality assurance (QA) program. The performance tests on a linear accelerator (linac) should be selected to fit the clinical patterns of use of the accelerator and care should be given to perform tests which are relevant to detecting errors related to the specific use of the accelerator. A risk assessment was performed on tests from current task group reports on linac QA to highlight those tests that are most effective at maintaining safety and quality for the patient. Recommendations are made on the acquisition of reference or baseline data, the establishment of machine isocenter on a routine basis, basing performance tests on clinical use of the linac, working with vendors to establish QA tests and performing tests after maintenance. The recommended tests proposed in this guideline were chosen based on the results from the risk analysis and the consensus of the guideline's committee. The tests are grouped together by class of test (e.g., dosimetry, mechanical, etc.) and clinical parameter tested. Implementation notes are included for each test so that the QMP can understand the overall goal of each test. This guideline will assist the QMP in developing a comprehensive QA program for linacs in the external beam radiation therapy setting. The committee sought to prioritize tests by their implication on quality and patient safety. The QMP is ultimately responsible for implementing appropriate tests. In the spirit of the report from American Association of Physicists in Medicine Task Group 100, individual institutions are encouraged to analyze the risks involved in their own clinical practice and determine which performance tests are relevant in their own radiotherapy clinics.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 205 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 37 18%
Other 29 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 13%
Student > Master 26 13%
Student > Bachelor 15 7%
Other 29 14%
Unknown 43 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Physics and Astronomy 83 40%
Medicine and Dentistry 32 16%
Engineering 12 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 10 5%
Unspecified 4 2%
Other 11 5%
Unknown 53 26%

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