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QA & Dosimetry Symposium Speaker Spotlight: Eric Klein, Ph.D.

December 11, 2015

Eric Klein, Ph.D.

When TG-142 was released, the intention was to give physicists guidance on quality assurance for technologies that, at the time, were new. These guidelines were meant to be flexible enough for physicists to effectively implement the proper testing in their clinics.

Soon after, we began working on TG-198, a guide to how to deploy TG-142. This TG dives into more specifics, including some recommended instruments to use in imaging and treatment machine QA, and an estimate of the amount of time, personnel, and qualifications it takes to do the recommended tests.

Whereas TG-142 is primarily performance-based QA, comparing test results with historical results, TG-198 is more prescriptive. The goal is to increase the quality of the QA process itself, taking into account the evolution of technology.

My QADS presentation will introduce some of the concepts from TG-198, which is a work in progress. I will also touch on some of the new technologies that come into play when we think about imaging and machine QA.

I hope attendees will walk away with some actionable information they can use to plan, and make a strong case for the resources needed for treatment machine and imaging QA.

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