2017 Dosimetry Audit Workshop

11 January, 2017
Brussels, Belgium

Venue

ESTRO office
Rue Martin V, 40
1200 Brussels
Belgium

If arriving by taxi

ESTRO
Avenue E. Mounierlaan 44
1200 Brussels

 

Future techniques for (multi-centre) dosimetry audit of advanced radiotherapy

 

Background
Dosimetry audit plays an important role in the quality and safety of radiotherapy both for established and new technologies and techniques. Audit also helps to reduce delivered dose variability and is mandatory in many multi-institutional trials. National and large scale audits are able to set, maintain and improve standards, as well as having the potential to identify issues which may cause harm to patients. These audits could be simple beam output checks or more complex end-to-end verification of the whole radiotherapy process, including monitoring and comparing treatment plan quality separately from beam delivery. Audit can also support implementation of complex techniques and can facilitate awareness and understanding of any issues which may exist by benchmarking centres with similar equipment. However they can also be costly and time consuming and therefore it is important that the design is efficient and effective and that groups work together to maximise the benefit of audit for the user.

Aim

Currently much audit work is not published or reported. Simultaneously several departments have developed techniques for analyzing and assessing their own clinical practice, which could be of benefit for use on a wider scale. This opportunity to share our approaches and techniques for future audits could increase the efficiency and effectiveness as well as assess ideas for audit of upcoming technologies. The workshop would be structured to provide an informal arena for scientific interaction/networking between researchers working in the same field.

Who should attend?

National audit groups, clinical trial QA groups, NMIs, IAEA, those who have an interest in audit or who have published suitable work. Individuals could present the situation in their own country regarding audit as well as their own work.

Proposed outcome

  • Report (with some good practice recommendations?) to share with a wider audience
  • Future collaboration to integrate current locally developed techniques (eg software for automated dynalog analysis) into wider audit use.
  • Consideration of the role of ESTRO in future audits – specific ESTRO audits?

The programme is downloadable here