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MPPG Report 11.a - Medical Physics Practice Guideline (MPPG) 11.a: Plan and chart review in external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy (2021)

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The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Task Group (TG) 40 report,1 published in 1994, established the foundation of comprehensive quality assurance (QA) for radiation therapy. Most current medical physics practices in radiation therapy stem from this report. With the advancement of radiation therapy over the past two decades, numerous additional QA reports have been published,2-4 each addressing one specific aspect of the topics covered in TG 40. Based on a survey of AAPM members and subsequent failure mode and effect analyses (FMEAs), the recently published TG 2755 provided recommendations for reviewing radiation therapy treatment plans and patient charts. As defined by AAPM, medical physics practice guidelines (MPPGs) are intended to provide the medical community with a clear description of the minimum level of medical physics support that AAPM would consider to be prudent in all clinical practice settings. Therefore, this MPPG is not designed to emulate TG 275 but rather to provide practice guidelines regarding when, who, what, and how to conduct treatment plan and patient chart review to ensure a minimum standard of physics support is followed.

Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics

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Keywords: MPPG 11.a, plan and chart review

Ping Xia, Benjamin J. Sintay, Valdir Carlos Colussi, Cynthia Fu-Yu Chuang, Yeh-Chi Lo, Deborah L. Schofield, Michelle C. Wells, Su-Min Zhou

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