Strategies for effective physics plan and chart review in radiation therapy: Report of AAPM Task Group 275 Free Webinar

By Christina Ruiz, June 01, 2020

Don't miss the next FREE live Webinar hosted by WePassed!

Title: Strategies for effective physics plan and chart review in radiation therapy: Report of AAPM Task Group 275

Speaker: Anne W. Greener, Ph.D., FAAPM, FACR

Date/Time: Thursday, June 11th at 12:00 pm EDT

About the Webinar:

In the past, quality management (QM) in clinical radiation oncology medical physics has been prescriptive.  AAPM task groups recommend parameters to test and with what frequency they should be tested for each piece of equipment or modality clinical use (eg TG-40, 53, etc.).  As medical physicists, we look toward these documents for guidance in planning and executing our QA programs and accrediting agencies evaluate our programs based on our adherence to their recommendations. However, given the fast pace of emergent technologies and complex processes, national-consensus based prescriptive recommendations can no longer keep pace, thus AAPM TG100.  AAPM’s TG-275 report incorporates the methodology from TG-100 for Physics Chart Checking.  

TG-275 developed guidelines for physics plan and chart reviews based on a literature review, current practice survey, and performing a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA).  FMEA is a risk-based approach following the system engineering techniques described in TG-100.  This presentation will include the objectives, methods and results of this practical approach to physics plan and chart checking.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Compare and contrast prescriptive versus risk-based QA.
  2. Introduce FMEA (Failure modes and Effects Analysis).
  3. Illustrate results for Weekly Physics Chart Checks.


About the Speaker:  

Anne W. Greener, PhD, FAAPM is the Chief Therapeutic Medical Physicist in Radiation Oncology at the East Orange Veterans Hospital in New Jersey. Dr. Greener has practiced Medical Physics in both Medical Nuclear Physics and Therapeutic Medical Physics since 1981 in many community based programs throughout New Jersey. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the School of Graduate Medical Education, Health Sciences Leadership in 2013 from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. Dr. Greener is certified through the American Board of Radiology, Medical Nuclear Physics and the American Board of Radiology, Therapeutic Radiological Physics. She has presented multiple times at the American Association of Medical Dosimetry Annual Meetings, and recently at the American Association of Physicists, Medicine Spring Clinical Meeting. Dr. Greener has also co-authored various publications on Practical Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics.