Opportunities in Therapy Practice Examples
Direct patient care: create a direct interface with the patient from their entry into a radiation therapy department through the course of their treatment.
- The physicist who emphasizes the quality review and science of the treatment directly communicates an aspect of quality oversight.
- Physicists can grow their knowledge of risk analysis methods (TG100).
- Clinical prescription, contours, knowledge base validations are critical components of quality.
- Industrial engineering tools are used to (re)design better quality assurance programs, and to use this expertise not only in physics but as a resource for the entire department when other groups are implementing a new process or technique.
- Be the local expert on post-processing tools and educate physicians and staff.
- Is the software state of the art and robust?
- Are multiple similar software products or software versions in use at the facility? Can they be standardized?
- Identify imaging processes that have relevance to Radiation Oncology and work with Diagnostic Radiology to bring them into clinical practice.
- Imaging used to identify targets (e.g. advanced forms of PET or MR)
- Imaging used to identify avoidance areas (e.g. perfusion/ventilation lung scans to show what areas of the lungs to avoid)
- Imaging used to assess tumor response
Set up data recording systems to allow large-scale studies correlating treatment procedures/parameters with outcomes.
- Be the leader who coordinates medical staff, IT staff, and physics/dosimetry staff so that the systems work in practice.
- Do the data extraction and modeling, including radiobiological modeling.
- Become educated about payment reform and participate in discussions with physicians and administrators on how address economical challenges in terms of cost, quality, and efficiency.
- Develop and implement incident learning/practice improvement systems