An overview of Radiotherapy Physics
The Radiotherapy Physics Group provides scientific, technical and training support to the Radiotherapy department at The Christie.
Our aim is to enable the safe and accurate delivery of radiotherapy. In addition it is a lead contributor to major research and development programme's and has a number of teaching commitments.
The group is divided into a number of sections mainly for the purpose of managing the routines services provided by these sections. However there are many projects and development work carried out by individuals and teams that cross the boundaries of the sections and utilise the skills of the different professional groups.
The following services are offered:
Dosimetry is the monitoring of the quality and measurement of dose of radiation output from radiotherapy equipment.
The roles of the dosimetry section are:
Radiotherapy planning is the process of how the specialist oncology team (consisting of clinical oncologists, therapy radiographers, dosimetrists and medical physicists) determine how best to treat the patient’s cancer using multiple “beams” of x-rays. Powerful computers are used that have the ability to calculate, analyse and optimise how radiation dose is deposited in the body.
The roles of the treatment planning section are:
The planning process:
There are several steps to the planning process which have to be carefully scheduled and timed around the consultant oncologist’s availability and the patient’s start date. The process is roughly as follows:
Brachytherapy is the use of radioactive sources to treat cancer. The radioactive source(s) are placed on or in the cancerous tissue to enable the treatment to be delivered directly to the tumour. This has the advantage of enabling large doses to be given whilst minimising side effects.
The roles of the Brachytherapy section are:
The role of the RTSG is the provision of the daily engineering service requirements to the Departments of Radiation Oncology, and Radiology. RTSG ensure delivery of the highest quality clinical services, ensuring that equipment downtime is kept to a minimum and departmental disruption is avoided.
The roles of the RTSG section are:
Staff of all disciplines conduct research and development as part of their roles working across all the sections to enable patients to benefit from evolving technology.
Additionally, we have close links with the University of Manchester with staff having academic posts in conjunction with their clinical roles or contributing to teaching and training either academically or on the job.
Here are some examples of the teaching activities all our staff groups are involved in.
Staff actively participate in a range of professional matters ranging from advising on national training requirements, refereeing scientific papers to providing scientific and technical advice to national and international bodies.
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These are some websites that might be of interest.
Institutes and Professional bodies
(Link to each profession)