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Dosimetry audits and intercomparisons in radiotherapy: a Malaysian profile


M. Noor, Noramaliza and Nisbet, A. and Hussein, M. and Saifuddin, Sarene Chu and Kadni, T. and Abdullah, N. and Bradley, D.A. (2017) Dosimetry audits and intercomparisons in radiotherapy: a Malaysian profile. Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 140. 207 - 212. ISSN 0969-806X; ESSN: 1879-0895


Quality audits and intercomparisons are important in ensuring control of processes in any system of endeavour. Present interest is in control of dosimetry in teletherapy, there being a need to assess the extent to which there is consistent radiation dose delivery to the patient. In this study we review significant factors that impact upon radiotherapy dosimetry, focusing upon the example situation of radiotherapy delivery in Malaysia, examining existing literature in support of such efforts. A number of recommendations are made to provide for increased quality assurance and control. In addition to this study, the first level of intercomparison audit i.e. measuring beam output under reference conditions at eight selected Malaysian radiotherapy centres is checked; use being made of 9 µm core diameter Ge-doped silica fibres (Ge-9 µm). The results of Malaysian Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL) participation in the IAEA/WHO TLD postal dose audit services during the period between 2011 and 2015 will also been discussed. In conclusion, following review of the development of dosimetry audits and the conduct of one such exercise in Malaysia, it is apparent that regular periodic radiotherapy audits and intercomparison programmes should be strongly supported and implemented worldwide. The programmes to-date demonstrate these to be a good indicator of errors and of consistency between centres. A total of ei+ght beams have been checked in eight Malaysian radiotherapy centres. One out of the eight beams checked produced an unacceptable deviation; this was found to be due to unfamiliarity with the irradiation procedures. Prior to a repeat measurement, the mean ratio of measured to quoted dose was found to be 0.99 with standard deviation of 3%. Subsequent to the repeat measurement, the mean distribution was 1.00, and the standard deviation was 1.3%.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radphyschem.2017.03.046
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Quality audit; Intercomparison; Radiotherapy; Ge-doped; Malaysia
Depositing User: Ms. Ainur Aqidah Hamzah
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2022 07:36
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2022 07:36
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