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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 227-241

Guidelines For Quality Assurance Procedures Of Remote Afterloading Brachytherapy Equipment

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In India, remote afterloading units are increasingly being used for brachytherapy applications. To achieve the desired level of accuracy and consistency in the delivery of prescribed dose and to ensure optimum performance of the equipment, it is necessary to adhere to strict quality assurance procedures, not only for the remote afterloading unit, but also for the treatment planning system. This necessitates implementation of a well-formulated quality assurance protocol. This paper attempts to provide necessary guidelines to the user institutions on various parameters to be checked and suggests method for carrying out the tests prior to accepting the unit for patient treatment. The parameters to be checked include tests on general functioning of the machine, and functions related to clinical, dosimetric and radiation safety aspects. As per Indian regulations, it is mandatory for the users to submit the results of various tests to Radiological Physics and Advisory Division. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, in the prescribed pre-commissioning perform, for evaluation. Approval of the equipment for patient treatment is granted by the Competent Authority, upon the recommendations of RP & AD, based on satisfactory performance in acceptance testing.

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