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HDR Brachytherapy I: Overview of Clinical Application and QA

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B Libby
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T Showalter

B Libby1*, T Showalter2*, (1) University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, (2)


WE-E-BRD-1 Wednesday 1:45PM - 2:45PM Room: Ballroom D

With the increased usage of high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy and the introduction of dedicated image guided brachytherapy suites, it is necessary to review the processes and procedures associated with safely delivering these treatments in the expedited time scales that dedicated treatment suites afford.

The speakers will present the clinical aspects of switching from LDR to HDR treatments, including guidelines for patient selection, and the clinical outcomes comparing LDR to HDR. The speakers will also discuss the HDR treatment process itself, because the shortened clinical timeline involved with a streamlined scan/plan/treat workflow can introduce other issues. Safety and QA aspects involved with the streamlined process, including increased personnel required for parallel tasks, and possible interfering tasks causing delays in patient treatments will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
1. To understand the clinical aspects of HDR Brachytherapy, including common clinical indications, patient selection, and the evolving evidence in support of this therapeutic modality
2. To review the current prominent clinical trials for HDR brachytherapy
3. To interpret the established guidelines for HDR brachytherapy quality assurance for implementation into practical clinical settings.
4. To introduce the basic requirements for image guided brachytherapy


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