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Australasian recommendations for quality assurance in kilovoltage radiation therapy from the Kilovoltage Dosimetry Working Group of the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine

  • Robin HillEmail author
  • Brendan Healy
  • Duncan Butler
  • David Odgers
  • Simran Gill
  • Jessica Lye
  • Tina Gorjiara
  • Dane Pope
  • Brendan Hill
ACPSEM Position Paper
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Abstract

The Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) Radiation Oncology Specialty Group (ROSG) formed a series of working groups to develop recommendations for guidance of radiation oncology medical physics practice within the Australasian setting. These recommendations provide a standard for safe work practices and quality control. It is the responsibility of the medical physicist to ensure that locally available equipment and procedures are sufficiently sensitive to establish compliance. The recommendations are endorsed by the ROSG, have been subject to independent expert reviews and have also been approved by the ACPSEM Council. For the Australian audience, these recommendations should be read in conjunction with the Tripartite Radiation Oncology Practice Standards and should be read in conjunction with relevant national, state or territory legislation which take precedence over the ACPSEM publication Radiation Oncology Reform Implementation Committee (RORIC) Quality Working Group, RANZCR, 2011a; Kron et al. Clin Oncol 27(6):325–329, 2015; Radiation Oncology Reform Implementation Committee (RORIC) Quality Working Group, RANZCR, 2018a, b).

Keywords

Kilovoltage X-rays Radiation dosimetry Treatment planning Quality assurance 

Abbreviations

AAPM

American Association of Physicists in Medicine

ACPSEM

Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine

AF

Applicator factor

ARPANSA

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

BJR

British Journal of Radiology

BSF

Backscatter factor

CAPCA

Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies

CCTV

Closed circuit television

COMP

Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists

FSD

Focus-surface distance

Gy

Gray, unit of absorbed dose (J/kg)

HVL

Half value layer

IAEA TRS

International Atomic Energy Agency Technical Reports Series

IPEMB

Institution of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and Biology

ISL

Inverse square law

NRL

National Radiation Laboratory (now NCRS)

NCRS

National Centre for Radiation Science

OSLD

Optically Stimulated Luminescent Dosimeter

PDD

Percentage depth dose

QA

Quality assurance

ROF

Relative output factor

ROMP

Radiation Oncology Medical Physicist

ROSG

Radiation Oncology Specialty Group

SCD

Source-chamber distance

SSD

Source-surface distance

TG

Task group

TLD

Thermoluminescent dosimetry

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the work done by the past and current chairs of the ACPSEM ROSG, being Michael Bailey and Mario Perez respectively, for their support in the implementation of the position papers and organisation of the Radiation Oncology working parties. The authors would also like to thank their colleagues in their respective organisations for many valuable discussions in this project.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robin Hill
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Brendan Healy
    • 3
  • Duncan Butler
    • 4
  • David Odgers
    • 1
  • Simran Gill
    • 1
  • Jessica Lye
    • 4
  • Tina Gorjiara
    • 1
  • Dane Pope
    • 1
  • Brendan Hill
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyChris O’Brien LifehouseCamperdownAustralia
  2. 2.Institute of Medical Physics, School of PhysicsUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics SectionInternational Atomic Energy AgencyViennaAustria
  4. 4.Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety AgencyYallambieAustralia
  5. 5.Genesis Cancer Care QueenslandSouthportAustralia

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