The workshop aims to enhance knowledge on performing retrospective and prospective risk analysis and managing unintended and accidental patient exposure in advanced radiotherapy techniques, thus contributing to strengthening patient safety while delivering high quality radiotherapy services.
It is estimated that 50-60% of patients with cancer would benefit from radiotherapy. Expanding radiotherapy into areas with limited current access and introducing new more effective treatment techniques has the potential to save a great number of lives, but it is mandatory that the expansion is done with safety in mind, considering the complexity of this high-technology treatment modality and the potential for serious consequences when something goes wrong. The workshop would seek to target experienced medical physicists working in radiotherapy departments in hospitals. The workshop is particularly relevant to participants coming from hospitals intending to introduce new radiotherapy techniques. Participants will become acquainted with their international peers and will have a unique opportunity to establish links for their mutual support.
Link between quality and safety in radiotherapy
Factors responsible for the safe delivery of radiotherapy services
Lessons learned from radiotherapy incidents and accidents that have occurred in the past
Potential incidents in IMRT, SBRT, IGRT, IORT, 3D brachytherapy, etc.
Reporting and learning from unintended events
IAEA safety reporting and learning system SAFRON
Measures to prevent unintended and accidental exposure
Methods for retrospective and prospective risk analysis
Distribution of responsibilities for patient safety
Radiation safety culture
A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee.
Debbie Gilley (IAEA), Jenia Vassileva (IAEA), Local Organiser: Renato Padovani