Since the publication of Task Group 148 in 2010, the TomoTherapy platform has undergone substantial development involving treatment delivery, image guidance, motion management, and treatment planning systems (TPS). New hardware and software capabilities have dramatically changed its delivery and planning characteristics. Task Group 306 was formed to provide guidance on the implementation, management, and quality assurance for these technological advances. In this session, the work of Task Group 306 will be presented. Changes to the TomoTherapy platform since 2010 and the impact on clinical delivery and QA practices, including QA tests and tolerance limits will be presented.
Part 1: Updates on TomoTherapy Machine QA recommendation
Part 2: Updates on Imaging, Treatment Planning and Patient Specific QA
Quan Chen, Ph.D., FAAPM, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Dr. Quan Chen received his Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. He started as a senior research physicist in TomoTherapy Inc. and was heavily involved in the development of technologies that become VOLO, and TomoEdge™. He joined the University of Virginia in 2011 and is currently Associate Professor at University of Kentucky. Dr. Chen has authored and co-authored 70+ peer-reviewed journal articles, two book chapters, and 9 patents. He has also received NIH SBIR support to develop AI solutions for radiation therapy. Dr. Chen currently serves on several committees, task groups and working groups at AAPM and NRG. He serves as an Associate editor for Medical Physics and JACMP as well as as grant reviewer for NIH study sections and other funding organizations.
X. Sharon Qi, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Qi is a board-certified medical physicist and an associate professor in the department of Radiation Oncology at UCLA School of Medicine. She has been working with TomoTherapy since 2004 and has been the lead physicist for TomoTherapy program at UCLA radiation oncology since 2012. She has developed extensive experience with TomoTherapy in the aspects of clinical operation but also research. Dr. Qi is a member of AAPM Task Group 306, and a co-author of the task group repot on TomoTherapy QA updates.
Dr. Qi has authored and co-authored 90+ peer-reviewed journal articles, 4 book chapters, and 150+ abstracts. She has been awarded research grants and a PI or co-investigator for several clinical trials. She serves at multiple national committees or working groups including ASTRO, AAPM, and NRG. She currently serves as a deputy editor for Medical Physics and an associate editor for JACMP.
Moderated by: Michele Zeverino, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), Switzerland
Michele Zeverino has worked as a medical physicist since 2013 after finishing his masters in medical physics from University of Turin, Italy. Presently, his main research focus lies within the automation of treatment planning process and Pareto optimization in particular for breast treatments. He has published more than 40 papers (h-index 14) on topics including total marrow irradiation, dosimetry in non-reference conditions, radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy. Michele has joined the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) since 2009 where recently he has also started his Ph.D.