Post on behalf of the independent QA providers PTW, Sun Nuclear, IBA Dosimetry and Standard Imaging:
Independent QA has been discussed and even assumed as a "given" in the Radiation Oncology community for some time. However, with Radiation Oncology Systems increasingly offering built in "self-check" QA and the visible trend towards more closed systems, the topic of independent QA takes on an even higher importance and urgency. Closed systems impede the feasibility of independent QA. Although many assume a de-facto standard for independent QA, there is no formal recommendation for the use and support of it.
On behalf of the independent QA providers PTW, Sun Nuclear, IBA Dosimetry and Standard Imaging, we therefore kindly ask you to support this initiative for formal recommendations / guidelines, endorsed by AAPM, ASTRO, ESTRO and IAEA, in support of independent QA of Radiation Oncology Systems, by signing and returning the attached document via email to firstname.lastname@example.org Additional copies signed by your co-workers would be highly appreciated as well. They would perfectly support our initiative during next ASTRO in September.