Technical Quality Control

Technical Quality Control Guidelines

Making sure the technology works

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Technical Quality Control (TQC) guidelines provide direction for assuring optimal performance of radiation treatment equipment and technologies in RT programs across the country; an essential requirement of high quality and safe patient care.

While technical drivers from international organizations like the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) exist, they may not be applicable across the spectrum of practice, are not always updated regularly, and may not have been properly validated.

In 2010 CPQR, together with the Quality Assurance and Radiation Safety Advisory Committee (QARSAC) of COMP, undertook an extensive review of the outdated CAPCA standards.  The process resulted in a suite of 14 equipment and technology guidelines, and an overarching technical quality control guideline – together termed the TQC Suite.

The TQC Suite of guidelines provide direction for assuring minimum performance and safety of radiation treatment equipment and technologies in radiation treatment programs in Canada.  The documents were developed by expert reviewers, and included community feedback through a formal public review process followed by “real-life” field testing and validation.  A formal review to ensure continuity among the individual guidelines within the suite, and to ensure pan-Canadian relevance, was undertaken by Associate Editors.  Documents were translated into French to encourage uptake and utilization at all centres within the country.

These documents are made available free of charge to the medical physics community and are available for download below.

In 2020, CPQR released a suite of self audit tools allowing radiation treatment programs to evaluate their compliance with existing TQC guidelines. For a full list of all self-audit tools available from CPQR, please visit our self-audit page.

Let CPQR know if you have questions or requests for clarification.

Guideline

Expert Reviewers

Self Audit Tool
Technical quality control guidelines for Canadian radiation treatment centres

CPQR

No self audit tool available
Safety systems

John Schreiner

No self audit tool available
Accelerator integrated cone beam systems for verification imaging

Jean-Pierre Bissonnette

ACB.2015.04.02
Brachytherapy remote afterloaders

Normand Freniere

BRA.2015.06.02
Conventional radiotherapy simulators 

Marie-Joelle Bertrand

CRS.2015.06.02
Computed tomography simulators

Philippe Despres

CTS.2016.07.02
CyberKnife

Eric VanderVoort, Horacio Patrocinio, Tom Chow, Emilie Soisson, Dominic Nadeau

No self audit tool available
Data management systems

Natalie Pomerleau-Dalcourt, Parminder Basran

No self audit tool available
GammaKnife

Anita Berndt, Mathieu Guillot, Monique vanProoijen

No self audit tool available
Kilovoltage radiotherapy machine

Christophe Furstoss

No self audit tool available
Low dose rate permanent seed brachytherapy

Luc Beaulieu

LDR.2013.04.01
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Beibei Zhang, Teo Stanescu, Keith Wachowicz, Jenna King, Jean-Charles Côté

MRI.2020.05.01
Major dosimetry equipment 

Gerard Lagmago Kamta

MDE.2015.02.02
Medical linear accelerators and multi-leaf collimators

Charles Kirkby, Esmaeel Ghasroddashti, Crystal Plume Angers, Erin Barnett, Grace Zeng

MLA.2016.07.03
Patient-specific dosimetric measurements for modulated therapies

Andrea McNiven

No self audit tool available
Treatment planning systems

Eduardo Villarreal-Barajas

TPS.2015.06.02

 

What’s Next

Looking towards the future, CPQR will continue to support the maintenance and development of the TQC Suite of guidelines, working with QARSAC on activities that assure the continued utility and relevance of these documents