International perspectives on quality assurance and new techniques in radiation medicine: outcomes of an IAEA conference: Outcomes of an IAEA Conference

Lena Davidsson, Ken Shortt, Jolyon Hendry, Maurizio Dondi, Pedro Andreo

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Abstract

The International Atomic Energy Agency organized an international conference called, "Quality Assurance and New Techniques in Radiation Medicine" (QANTRM). It dealt with quality assurance (QA) in all aspects of radiation medicine (diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiotherapy) at the international level. Participants discussed QA issues pertaining to the implementation of new technologies and the need for education and staff training. The advantage of developing a comprehensive and harmonized approach to QA covering both the technical and the managerial issues was emphasized to ensure the optimization of benefits to patient safety and effectiveness. The necessary coupling between medical radiation imaging and radiotherapy was stressed, particularly for advanced technologies. However, the need for a more systematic approach to the adoption of advanced technologies was underscored by a report on failures in intensity-modulated radiotherapy dosimetry auditing tests in the United States, which could imply inadequate implementation of QA for these new technologies. A plenary session addressed the socioeconomic impact of introducing advanced technologies in resource-limited settings. How shall the dual gaps, one in access to basic medical services and the other in access to high-quality modern technology, be addressed?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)s80-s84
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
Volume71
Issue numberSuppl 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008

Keywords

  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Quality assurance
  • Radiation medicine

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