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Report No. 390 - AAPM WGVRTO report 390: A survey of veterinary radiation oncology equipment and infrastructure in 2022 (2024)

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Since 2010, there has been little published data on the state of equipment and infrastructure in veterinary radiation oncology clinical practice. These data are important not only to identify the status and use of technology within the veterinary radiation oncology community but also to help identify the extent of medical physics support. The purpose of our study is to report findings from a survey of veterinary radiation oncologists in the USA, Canada, and select centers outside of North America in 2022. A 40-question survey covering topics such as type of radiotherapy equipment, techniques offered, treatment planning systems and dose calculation algorithms, special techniques, board-certified radiation oncologists and residents, and extent of medical physics support was distributed through an online survey tool. Results from 40 veterinary radiation oncology institutions, with equipment explicitly used for veterinary care, suggest that the current state of practice is not dissimilar to what currently exists in human radiation oncology facilities; techniques and technologies commonly employed include flattening filter-free mode megavoltage beams, volumetric arc therapy, daily cone-beam computed tomography, image-guided radiation therapy, and sophisticated dose calculation algorithms. These findings suggest the need for modern radiation oncology acceptance testing, commissioning, and quality assurance programs within the veterinary community. The increase in veterinary radiation oncology residency positions and increasing sophistication of equipment suggests that increased levels of standardized medical physics support would benefit the veterinary radiation oncology community.

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Keywords: education, medical physics, radiotherapy, techniques, training
Working Group for the Veterinary Radiation Therapy Oncology (WGVRTO)

Parminder S. Basran, Michelle Turek, Kim A. Selting, Nicholas Rancilio

Committee Responsible: Therapy Physics Committee

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