Code of Practice for the Quality Assurance and Control for Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy

In December 2010, the NCS installed a new subcommittee to develop guidelines for quality assurance and control for VMAT treatments. This report has been written by Dutch medical physicists and has therefore, inevitably, a Dutch focus. Still, the writers of this report expect that it is also valuable to other institutes preparing to introduce VMAT or willing to set up a comprehensive QA program for it. The authors chose to use NCS reports on general linac QA (NCS 9) and IMRT QA (NCS 22) as a starting point for this report and focussed on the additional QA and commissioning demands required for the application of VMAT. This report only deals with VMAT delivered by conventional linear accelerators.

The NCS frequently publishes reports for fellow professionals in which recommendations are given for various quality control procedures or otherwise. The members of the NCS board and the members of the concerning subcommittee do not claim any authority exceeding that of their professional expertise. Responsibility on how the NCS recommendations are implemented lies with the user, taking into account the practice in his/her institution.

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Quality Assurance for Tomotherapy Systems

NCS 27, April 2017

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Human Exposure to Ionising Radiation for Clinical and Research Purposes

NCS 26, May 2016

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Process Management and Quality Assurance for Intracranial Stereotactic Treatment

NCS 25, October 2015

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Code of Practice for the Quality Assurance and Control for Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy

NCS 24, February 2015

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Audit of High-Energy Photon Beams in Belgian and Dutch Radiotherapy Departments

NCS 23, December 2013

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Code of Practice for the Quality Assurance and Control for Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy

NCS 22, June 2013

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Diagnostische referentieniveaus in Nederland

NCS 21, June 2012 (in Dutch with an English summary)

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Dosimetry and quality control of brachytherapy with low-energy photon sources (125I)

NCS 20, April 2012

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Code of practice for personal dosimetry of professionals wearing protective clothing during radiolog

NCS 19, October 2008

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Code of Practice for the Absorbed Dose Determination in High Energy Photon and Electron Beams

NCS 18, January 2008

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Dosimetrie in de Radiologie: Stralingsbelasting van de Patiënt en Werknemers

NCS 17, March 2007

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Monte Carlo Treatment Planning, An Introduction

NCS 16, June 2006

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Quality assurance of 3-D treatment planning systems for external photon and electron beams

NCS 15, March 2005

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Quality control of sealded beta sources in brachytherapy

NCS 14, August 2004

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Quality Control in Brachytherapy

NCS 13 November 2000

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Determination and use of scatter correction factors of megavoltage photon beams

NCS 12, March 1998, seel also NCS 15.
No revision required

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Quality Control (QC) of Simulators and CT scanners and some basic QC methods for Treatment Planning

NCS 11, September 1997, revision before 2020

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Dosimetry of low and medium energy X-rays, a code of practice for use in radiotherapy and radiobiolo

NCS 10, July 1997

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Quality control of medical linear accelerators: current practice and minimum requirements

NCS 9, August 1996, revision before 2020

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Kwaliteitscontrole van Medische Lineaire Versnellers, methoden voor kwaliteitscontrole

NCS 8, December 1995 (in Dutch), revision before 2020

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Recommendations for the calibration of Iridium-192 high dose rate sources

NCS 7, December 1994

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Dosimetric aspects of Mammography

NCS 6, March 1993

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Code of practice for the dosimetry of high-energy electron beams

NCS 5, December 1989

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Recommendations for dosimetry and quality control of radioactive sources used in brachytherapy

NCS 4 and 4a, February 1991 (in Dutch with an English summary)

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Proceedings of the Symposium on Thermoluminescence Dosimetry

NCS 3, October 1988

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Code of practice for the dosimetry of high-energy photon beams

NCS 2, December 1986

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Radiation dosimetry activities in the Netherlands

NCS 1, July 1986

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