A survey of modulated radiotherapy use in Australia & New Zealand in 2015

Abstract

A survey of radiation oncology medical physics departments across Australia and New Zealand was conducted to assess the usage, commissioning and quality assurance of modulated radiotherapy techniques such as IMRT and VMAT. Survey responses were collected in April–May 2015 to snapshot current practice and historical implementation. The survey asked 142 questions, and is the most detailed survey of its kind published to date. Analysis of results at overall department level, as well as sub-analysis for different equipment and techniques in use, was performed. Results show a high prevalence of IMRT and VMAT in use, and demonstrate the large heterogeneity in clinical practice and experience across the region.

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Acknowledgements

Many thanks to the members of the NSW/ACT branch committee of the ACPSEM for their help in the development of the survey over several years. The survey data was used to plan an IMRT workshop in Wollongong 2015, and the authors appreciated the valuable discussions from workshop participants.

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Barber, J., Vial, P., White, P. et al. A survey of modulated radiotherapy use in Australia & New Zealand in 2015. Australas Phys Eng Sci Med 40, 811–822 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13246-017-0590-y

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Keywords

  • IMRT
  • VMAT
  • Modulated therapy