Radiation therapy is an extremely effective method for treating cancer, using radiation to kill cancer cells while maintaining normal body functions.
For the radiation therapy to be effective, it must be delivered accurately; to the right locations and in the correct amounts. The processes for making sure that the proper radiation treatment is delivered accurately and safely is termed quality assurance. Our entire radiation oncology team is dedicated to making sure that your treatment is delivered in a safe and accurate manner.
The radiation oncology team members responsible for setting up and running our treatment related quality assurance procedures are UCLA faculty medical physicists. We are formally trained in physics and medical physics with M.S. or Ph.D. degrees and have significant additional advanced clinical training following our degrees. All of our senior medical physicists have been certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Medical Physics which serves as an independent certification of our clinical competence. Our responsibilities include making sure that the computer systems that help the radiation oncology team to design the optimal treatment plan for you and the linear accelerators and other machines that deliver the treatments are operating within nationally and internationally accepted specification for accuracy and safety.
Your safety is our primary concern in the design of your treatment plan and in design of our quality assurance program. Our team members include experts in the design of such programs. Whenever available, we also utilize national and international standards in quality assurance, which many members of have been involved in the writing of those standards. As part of our routine processes we continuously review and enhance our quality assurance program on an ongoing basis. As part of our research mission, we seek to develop and test new quality control and quality assurance techniques, comparing them to existing programs in an effort to further enhance the safe delivery of radiation treatment for our patients. During your treatment, you may see some of these processes being evaluated from time to time. Feel free to ask any of the team members about them.
Finally, safe delivery of treatment does not happen by chance, but results from a collaborative effort between the medical professionals of our treatment team with you, the patient. So, we ask you to play an active role as well. Please, always feel comfortable to ask questions at any time about our quality assurance and safety programs as well as about your treatment.
|Nzhde Agazaryan, PhD
Professor and Chief of Clinical Medical Physics
|Daniel Low, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair for Medical Physics