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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211218/the-integration-of-mri-in-radiation-therapy-collaboration-of-radiographers-and-radiation-therapists
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Robba Rai, Shivani Kumar, Vikneswary Batumalai, Doaa Elwadia, Lucy Ohanessian, Ewa Juresic, Lynette Cassapi, Shalini K Vinod, Lois Holloway, Paul J Keall, Gary P Liney
The increased utilisation of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in radiation therapy (RT) has led to the implementation of MRI simulators for RT treatment planning and influenced the development of MRI-guided treatment systems. There is extensive literature on the advantages of MRI for tumour volume and organ-at-risk delineation compared to computed tomography. MRI provides both anatomical and functional information for RT treatment planning (RTP) as well as quantitative information to assess tumour response for adaptive treatment...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185749/workplace-bullying-in-radiology-and-radiation-oncology
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Jay R Parikh, Jay A Harolds, Edward I Bluth
Workplace bullying is common in health care and has recently been reported in both radiology and radiation oncology. The purpose of this article is to increase awareness of bullying and its potential consequences in radiology and radiation oncology. Bullying behavior may involve abuse, humiliation, intimidation, or insults; is usually repetitive; and causes distress in victims. Workplace bullying is more common in health care than in other industries. Surveys of radiation therapists in the United States, student radiographers in England, and physicians-in-training showed that substantial proportions of respondents had been subjected to workplace bullying...
February 6, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160448/reduced-patient-anxiety-as-a-result-of-radiation-therapist-led-psychosocial-support-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Kelly Elsner, Diana Naehrig, Georgia K B Halkett, Haryana M Dhillon
Up to 49% of patients attending radiation therapy appointments may experience anxiety and distress. Anxiety is heightened during the first few visits to radiation oncology. Radiation therapists (RT) are the only health professionals in direct daily contact with patients during treatment, placing them in a unique position to explore patients' psychosocial needs. This review aims to synthesise literature regarding the effect of RT-led psychosocial support on patient anxiety. In May 2015, we searched the following electronic databases: Medline, PsycINFO, Embase, CINAHL, PubMed and Cochrane library...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156588/evaluation-of-an-advanced-practice-radiation-therapist-role-in-palliative-radiation-therapy
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Tanya Holt
: 136 Background: To evaluate the impact a new Advanced Practice Palliative Radiation Therapist (APRT) role had on patients treated with palliative intent, with respect to reducing time from referral to treatment. To evaluate the technical ability of the APRT to delineate palliative field borders on digitally reconstructed radiographs (DRR) compared to the treating Radiation Oncologist (RO). METHODS: The time in working days from referral to treatment and referral to planning was recorded for all palliative patients having 10 fractions or less...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156489/the-evolving-radiation-therapist-role-in-a-multidisciplinary-palliative-radiotherapy-clinic
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Fleur Huang, Winter Spence, Brenda Rose, Jacqueline Middleton, Megan Palen, Kitta Thavone, Shazma Ravji, Brita Lavender Danielson, Alysa M Fairchild
: 158 Background: Radiation therapists (MRTT) have been integrated in varying capacities into outpatient palliative radiotherapy (PRT) services across Canada for nearly two decades. We explored the experience of our centre's MRTTs who have developed an essential role over nine years, from supporting one half-day PRT clinic per week to five full days of clinical, technical, research, and administrative involvement. METHODS: An electronic survey was distributed to all 12 MRTTs who contributed to the PRT program (2007-2016), which was later supplemented by in-person semi-structured interviews...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156488/new-primary-palliative-care-pc-model-for-community-cancer-clinics-ccc
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Deborah Gray, Stephanie Struve, Carol Huibregtse, Qiaofang Chen
: 159 Background: Our CCC serving a mixed rural/urban population is part of a large integrated healthcare system in Eastern WI. The closest PC specialist/team is 45 miles away at one of the tertiary care facilities. To fill this service gap we implemented a primary PC model. An initial outpatient palliative care family conference (OFC) and use of cancer nurse navigators (CNN)are hallmarks of this program. METHODS: The VLCC, housed in a standalone facility is staffed by two medical oncologists and one radiation oncologist and has an infusion center and a full-fledged radiation oncology unit with support staff, including cancer nurse navigators, research nurses, social workers, a clinical psychologist, a pharmacist, a nutritionist, a therapy dog and a chaplain...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152939/clinical-specialist-radiation-therapists-csrt-creating-capacity-while-improving-quality-of-care
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Michelle Ang, Laura Zychla, Kate Bak, Lynne Nagata, Hasmik Beglaryan, Jillian Ross, Asad Husain, Carina Simniceanu, Eric Gutierrez, Padraig Richard Warde, Nicole Harnett
: 124 Background: Ontario's cancer system faces many challenges, including a rising incidence of cancer, aging population, increasingly complex cancer treatment, and health human resource (HHR) constraints. In response, Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care collaborated on a project to assess whether a new advanced practice radiation therapist role - the 'Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist' (CSRT) - could enhance access to high quality, innovative care by optimizing the use of HHR...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152700/establishing-a-value-framework-for-cancer-specific-patient-satisfaction-ps-across-a-large-health-system
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Frances Cartwright
: 100 Background: The Mount Sinai Health System and the Tisch Cancer Institute (TCI) includes 7 hospitals and 6 ambulatory oncology centers in New York City, with over 9,000 new cancer cases seen annually. In order to address PS across these multiple sites, we established a framework to enhance value encompassing 4 domains: Infrastructure, Responsibility, Outcomes and Monitoring. METHODS: Infrastructure. A quality dashboard was developed and distributed across all system sites...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093012/male-coping-through-a-long-term-cancer-trajectory-secondary-outcomes-from-a-rtc-examining-the-effect-of-a-multidisciplinary-rehabilitation-program-repca-among-radiated-men-with-prostate-cancer
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Karin B Dieperink, Christoffer Johansen, Steinbjørn Hansen, Lis Wagner, Klaus K Andersen, Lisbeth R Minet, Olfred Hansen
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to examine if rehabilitation influenced self-reported male coping styles during and up to three years after treatment with radiotherapy for prostate cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a single-center oncology unit in Odense, Denmark, 161 prostate cancer patients treated with radiotherapy and androgen deprivation therapy were included in a randomized controlled trial from 2010 to 2012. The trial examined the effect of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program within six months of treatment consisting of two nursing counseling sessions and two instructive sessions with a physical therapist (n = 79), or standard care (n = 82)...
January 17, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054474/recommendations-for-radiographers-and-radiation-therapists-drawn-from-an-analysis-of-errors-on-australian-radiation-incident-registers
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Gary Denham, Nicole Page
INTRODUCTION: The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) collect reported incidents for inclusion in the Australian Radiation Incident Register (ARIR), a database of radiation incident reports that occur within Australia. While the information on previous radiation incidents is available, there is little information on the lessons that can be learned from those past incidents to help prevent the same errors reoccurring. The aims of the study were to investigate what radiation incident registers are publicly available in Australia and to utilise the information contained within the ARIR and any other state or territory radiation protection authority registers to make recommendations for radiographers and radiation therapists to prevent future adverse events...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048892/su-f-j-116-clinical-experience-based-verification-and-improvement-of-a-4dct-program
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P Fogg, M West, T Aland
PURPOSE: To demonstrate the role of continuous improvement fulfilled by the Medical Physicist in clinical 4DCT and CBCT scanning. METHODS: Lung (SABR and Standard) patients' 4D respiratory motion and image data were reviewed over a 3, 6 and 12 month period following commissioning testing. By identifying trends of clinically relevant parameters and respiratory motions, variables were tested with a programmable motion phantom and assessed. Patient traces were imported to a motion phantom and 4DCT and CBCT imaging were performed...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048202/we-h-brc-02-failure-mode-and-effect-analysis-of-liver-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy
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I Rusu, T Thomas, J Roeske, J Price, C Perino, I Mescioglu, M Surucu
PURPOSE: To identify areas of improvement in our liver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) program, using failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA). METHODS: A multidisciplinary group consisting of one physician, three physicists, one dosimetrist and two therapists was formed. A process map covering 10 major stages of the liver SBRT program from the initial diagnosis to post treatment follow-up was generated. A total of 102 failure modes, together with their causes and effects, were identified...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048174/su-f-t-635-lung-sbrt-dosimetric-and-treatment-time-comparison-of-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-and-three-dimensional-conformal-radiotherapy-in-clinically-treated-cases
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J Han, Z Xu, J Baker, A Hsia, S Ryu
PURPOSE: To compare three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D CRT) and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) in lung stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) METHODS: A retrospective study of clinically treated lung SBRT cases treated between 2010 and 2015 at our hospital was performed. All treatment modalities were included in this evaluation (VMAT, 3D CRT, static IMRT, and dynamic conformal arc therapy). However, the majority of treatment modalities were either VMAT or 3D CRT...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047931/su-f-t-249-application-of-human-factors-methods-usability-testing-in-the-radiation-oncology-environment
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H Warkentin, K Bubric, H Giovannetti, G Graham, C Clay
PURPOSE: As a quality improvement measure, we undertook this work to incorporate usability testing into the implementation procedures for new electronic documents and forms used by four affiliated radiation therapy centers. METHODS: A human factors specialist provided training in usability testing for a team of medical physicists, radiation therapists, and radiation oncologists from four radiotherapy centers. A usability testing plan was then developed that included controlled scenarios and standardized forms for qualitative and quantitative feedback from participants, including patients...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047681/su-f-e-07-web-based-training-for-radiosurgery-methods-and-metrics-for-global-reach
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R Schulz, E Thomas, R Popple, J Fiveash, E Jacobsen
PURPOSE: Webinars have become an evolving tool with greater or lesser success in reaching health care providers (HCPs). This study seeks to assess best practices and metrics for success in webinar deployment for optimal global reach. METHODS: Webinars have been developed and launched to reach practicing health care providers in the field of radiation oncology and radiosurgery. One such webinar was launched in early February 2016. "Multiple Brain Metastases & Volumetric Modulated Arc Radiosurgery: Refining the Single-Isocenter Technique to Benefit Surgeons and Patients" presented by Drs...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047624/su-g-jep3-07-real-time-image-guided-radiation-therapy-for-heterotopic-ossification-in-patients-after-hip-replacement
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A Le, S Jiang, R Timmerman, H Choy, A Pompos
PURPOSE: To demonstrate the feasibility of using CBCT in a real-time image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) for single fraction heterotopic ossification (HO) in patients after hip replacement. In this real-time procedure, all steps, from simulation, imaging, planning to treatment delivery, are performed at the treatment unit in one appointment time slot. This work promotes real-time treatment to create a paradigm shift in the single fraction radiation therapy. METHODS: An integrated real-time IGRT for HO was developed and tested for radiation treatment of heterotopic ossification for patient after hip replacement...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047477/su-g-tep4-06-an-integrated-application-for-radiation-therapy-treatment-plan-directives-management-and-reporting
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M Matuszak, C Anderson, C Lee, K Vineberg, M Green, K Younge, J Moran, C Mayo
PURPOSE: With electronic medical records, patient information for the treatment planning process has become disseminated across multiple applications with limited quality control and many associated failure modes. We present the development of a single application with a centralized database to manage the planning process. METHODS: The system was designed to replace current functionalities of (i) static directives representing the physician intent for the prescription and planning goals, localization information for delivery, and other information, (ii) planning objective reports, (iii) localization and image guidance documents and (iv) the official radiation therapy prescription in the medical record...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047333/su-f-t-245-the-investigation-of-failure-mode-and-effects-analysis-and-pdca-for-the-radiotherapy-risk-reduction
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J Xie, J Wang, J P, J Chen, W Hu
PURPOSE: To optimize the clinical processes of radiotherapy and to reduce the radiotherapy risks by implementing the powerful risk management tools of failure mode and effects analysis(FMEA) and PDCA(plan-do-check-act). METHODS: A multidiciplinary QA(Quality Assurance) team from our department consisting of oncologists, physicists, dosimetrists, therapists and administrator was established and an entire workflow QA process management using FMEA and PDCA tools was implemented for the whole treatment process...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046537/su-f-t-247-collision-risks-in-a-modern-radiation-oncology-department-an-efficient-approach-to-failure-modes-and-effects-analysis
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L Schubert, D Westerly, Y Vinogradskiy, J Aldridge, C Fisher, A Liu
PURPOSE: Collisions between treatment equipment and patients are potentially catastrophic. Modern technology now commonly involves automated remote motion during imaging and treatment, yet a systematic assessment to identify and mitigate collision risks has yet to be performed. Failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) is a method of risk assessment that has been increasingly used in healthcare, yet can be resource intensive. This work presents an efficient approach to FMEA to identify collision risks and implement practical interventions within a modern radiation therapy department...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046519/su-f-t-462-lessons-learned-from-a-machine-incident-reporting-system
#20
S Sutlief, J Hoisak
PURPOSE: Linear accelerators must operate with minimal downtime. Machine incident logs are a crucial tool to meet this requirement. They providing a history of service and demonstrate whether a fix is working. This study investigates the information content of a large department linear accelerator incident log. METHODS: Our department uses an electronic reporting system to provide immediate information to both key department staff and the field service department...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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