Title

Insight gained from responses to surveys on reference dosimetry practices.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1-2017

Publication Title

Journal of applied clinical medical physics [electronic resource] / American College of Medical Physics

Abstract

PURPOSE: To present the results and discuss potential insights gained through surveys on reference dosimetry practices.

METHODS: Two surveys were sent to medical physicists to learn about the current state of reference dosimetry practices at radiation oncology clinics worldwide. A short survey designed to maximize response rate was made publicly available and distributed via the AAPM website and a medical physics list server. Another, much more involved survey, was sent to a smaller group of physicists to gain insight on detailed dosimetry practices. The questions were diverse, covering reference dosimetry practices on topics like measurements required for beam quality specification, the actual measurement of absorbed dose and ancillary equipment required like electrometers and environment monitoring measurements.

RESULTS: There were 190 respondents to the short survey and seven respondents to the detailed survey. The diversity of responses indicates nonuniformity in reference dosimetry practices and differences in interpretation of reference dosimetry protocols.

CONCLUSIONS: The results of these surveys offer insight on clinical reference dosimetry practices and will be useful in identifying current and future needs for reference dosimetry.

Medical Subject Headings

Cancer Care Facilities; Health Care Surveys; Humans; Radiometry; Reference Standards

PubMed ID

28397396

Volume

18

Issue

3

First Page

182

Last Page

190

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