A snapshot of radiation therapy techniques and technology in Queensland : an aid to mapping undergraduate curriculum

Bridge, Peter, Carmichael, Mary-Ann, Brady , Carole, & Dry, Allison (2013) A snapshot of radiation therapy techniques and technology in Queensland : an aid to mapping undergraduate curriculum. Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences, 60(1), pp. 25-34.

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Abstract

Introduction: Undergraduate students studying the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) attend clinical placements in a number of department sites across Queensland. To ensure that the curriculum prepares students for the most common treatments and current techniques in use in these departments, a curriculum matching exercise was performed.

Methods: A cross-sectional census was performed on a pre-determined “Snapshot” date in 2012. This was undertaken by the clinical education staff in each department who used a standardized proforma to count the number of patients as well as prescription, equipment, and technique data for a list of tumour site categories. This information was combined into aggregate anonymized data.

Results: All 12 Queensland radiation therapy clinical sites participated in the Snapshot data collection exercise to produce a comprehensive overview of clinical practice on the chosen day. A total of 59 different tumour sites were treated on the chosen day and as expected the most common treatment sites were prostate and breast, comprising 46% of patients treated. Data analysis also indicated that intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) use is relatively high with 19.6% of patients receiving IMRT treatment on the chosen day. Both IMRT and image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) indications matched recommendations from the evidence.

Conclusion: The Snapshot method proved to be a feasible and efficient method of gathering useful

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ID Code: 58507
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Curriculum, IGRT, IMRT, Radiation Therapy, Technology, HERN
DOI: 10.1002/jmrs.5
ISSN: 2051-3895
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified (110399)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Authors.
Copyright Statement: Published by Australian Institute of Radiography and New Zealand Institute of Medical Radiation Technology. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Deposited On: 21 Mar 2013 00:40
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2013 01:51

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