AAPM Plan Challenge: SBRT Lung

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The success and interest level in the “Plan Challenge” has now permeated to the AAPM, where we will be integrating a AAPM-dedicated Plan Challenge into a 2-hour special session on Plan Quality at the 2014 Spring Clinical Meeting.

In this Plan Challenge, we offer our first hypofractionated lung case. Participation is encouraged from physicists and dosimetrists alike, both domestic and international. Results will be presented for the first time on March 15, 2015 in Denver, CO, but we will repeat the results via live webinars and/or videos posted online after the AAPM spring meeting.

Here are some key links regarding the 2014 AAPM Plan Challenge:

– Link to register (which will kick off the ROR portal that will steer you through the process)
– Link to a recorded meeting going over the anatomy, objectives, and other interesting discussions on the particular Plan Quality Algorithm to be used
– For Quality Reports users, here is a link to a downloadable protocol which you can import directly into Quality Reports 1.1 or later, to allow self-scoring. Use the protocol labeled “AAPM Plan Challenge.”

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New QA Publication is “Most Read” Article in Medical Physics 40(11), November 2013

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Thanks to my colleagues and co-authors, our newest publication was deemed “Editor’s Pick” for the November issue of the Medical  Physics journal.

The paper is called “Evaluating IMRT and VMAT dose accuracy: Practical examples of failure to detect systematic errors when applying a commonly used metric and action levels” and can be found in Medical Physics, volume 40(11) which was published in November of 2013 vente libre de viagra.

You can link to the abstract and download the paper here....

Quality Reports [EMR]® 1.1 Released

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Quality Reports [EMR] version 1.1 is now release for general use.

Thanks to all the users and research partners who provided great input and validation of the many enhancements in this new version. Quality Reports now makes it even easier and to produce customized and comprehensive documentation of radiation plan quality, and further improves the automation of protocol analysis for meaningful use EMR.

The full release summary of changes and new installers are now available for download via the secure downloads portal (see the “Download” link in the banner).


Icarus / Quality Reports Meeting Update

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Thanks to all who attended and took part in today’s meeting. We did an update on upcoming meetings that feature “Plan Quality Metrics” as a key component, then we did a “random refresher course” session (which will be recurring for each meeting from now on), and finally we looked at a challenging chest wall case courtesy of Lori Kasuske, C.M.D.

Today’s recorded meeting video (Dec. 18, 2013) and last week’s recorded meeting (Dec. 11, 2013) are both available for review in the portfolio, which can be found here.

Finally, due to the holidays, we will not have our normal Wednesday meetings for the next two weeks (i.e. not on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1) and instead we will have a meeting on December 30, 2013. The regular meeting link will work, and it will occur at the normal time (12 p.m. Central Time).

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Icarus / Quality Reports Meeting (Dec. 4, 2013)

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We had a great meeting today. Our guest was Rebecca McInturf who is the Chief Dosimetrist and Therapist as a USON site in Texas. She is using Quality Reports to help her physicists and physicians complete “Maintenance of Certification” projects, providing objective evidence of plan quality improvements at their site. It’s a nice retrospective study with re-planning (with new techniques) compared to old plans, i.e. its a “before and after” comparison viagra vente en france.

Such a comparison could be generalized for clinicians who want to compare: 1) technique A vs. B, 2) TPS version X vs. Y, 3) TPS system 1 vs. 2, 4) manual plans vs. auto-plans (such as Varian’s RapidPlan), etc. It’s important to use Quality Reports to help you analyze comprehensive plan quality without any subjectivity.

Thanks to Rebecca and to all attendees. The meeting was recorded and can be found in the meeting video portfolio....

Icarus Meetings (Oct. 23 and Nov. 6)

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Thanks to everybody for a great meeting this past Wednesday, where we went over future potential features. This helps pave the way for you to prioritize what new features and enhancements you want to help you achieve your goals and meet your needs.

The “running list” of future feature potentials has been posted to the Quality Reports site (click the “Downloads” link). Feel free to download it and review when you get time. Also, do not hesitate to contact me to add new requests. Please provide some details and an example use case scenario, if possible, to make sure your idea is interpreted correctly.

Also, the video of the meeting from two weeks ago (Oct. 23) was posted in the video portfolio.

Finally, for those of you who want the “Quality Link” easy FTP application to grab non-DICOM outputs from your TPS (e.g. beam/physics pages from Pinnacle or Eclipse), it is now provided on the downloads page as well. Just download the zip, and copy the executable to the PC where you have Quality Reports. It’s simple and easy to use, especially when used in conjunction with the “e-Stapler” feature of Quality Reports. You can merge Quality Reports EMR reports with your TPS and QA software outputs, easy as 1-2-3!


Icarus Meeting (Oct. 16, 2013)

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I divided today’s meeting into two videos: 1) a short video summarizing an easy way to anonymize DICOM files, and 2) the Icarus walk-through example featuring the help (and data) of Claudia Kirschner, RTT, CMD, who works in Bridgeport, CT.

Both videos are posted in the video portfolio, which you can find here. In the 2nd video, we walk through a conversion of a fairly complex RTOG protocol (0236, Lung SBRT), and make some discoveries along the way about the challenges of translating the RTOG nomenclature into clear sub-metrics and score functions that comprise a Quality Reports “Plan Quality Algorithm.” But in the end we succeed....

Icarus Meeting (Oct. 9, 2013)

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I divided today’s meeting video up into two parts: 1) a short video summarizing the protocol downloads & sharing center sponsored by ROR, and 2) the Icarus walk-through example featuring the help (and data) of Steve Boyd, CMD. Both videos are posted in the video portfolio, which you can find here.

Another important item of business: the QR 1.1 Beta software has been updated and new installers have been posted to the secure “Downloads” link on the Quality Reports website. This new version has, among other enhancements: 1) the direct link to ROR’s protocols web portal (on the “Community” tab); 2) a new widget to quickly create isodose levels every 5, 10, or 20% based on a normalization/Rx dose you specify; 3) a “new look” to the DICOM data loading page, for clarity and workflow; and 4) a new metric option – dose to an ROI volume (cc) minus user-specified volume (cc), meaning you can quickly get the dose covering, say, the ROI total volume minus 0.03 cc, a technique sometimes used in RTOG protocols as an alternative to minimum dose to an ROI.

By the way, of the new features listed above, three of the four were recommended by one of you. (Thanks Scott, Anthony, and Kyle!) Keep the great ideas coming. These ideas have actually been added to the official Quality Reports [EMR] 1.1 design.

Thanks for the participation. Next week, I’m going to ask for a volunteer to help me with another interactive training/meeting. Feeling up to it? Just send me a note and I’ll get in touch with you.