Goshen, IN, March 22, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Radiation Oncology Resources (ROR) announced the opening of the ROR Plan Challenge 2011 event on March 15, 2011. For the last several years ROR has gathered treatment plans from dosimetrists and physicists internationally to compare individual planning skills on a variety of treatment planning systems.
Greg Robinson, CMD, ROR’s Director of Clinical Operations stated, "Over the years, we have collaborated with the most innovative clinicians in radiation oncology to identify the best practices in treatment planning. As a result, the ROR Challenge Process was developed as a way to establish a baseline for quality and efficiency. ROR consulted with their clinical partners to develop guidelines and benchmarks for evaluating both contours and treatment plans.
"What we have discovered should be a cause for concern for all cancer centers and clinicians. Though providers have spared no expense in obtaining the most technologically advanced hardware and software, there was a wide variation in the quality and efficiency of treatment planning. We believe that the Plan Challenge is an opportunity to measure your work in a safe and confidential venue. The results will advance the practice of treatment planning for the entire industry."
ROR has presented this data at numerous national and regional meetings of AAMD. The research was part of a case study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology - Biology - Physics in Demember 2010. However, having the data and research is only the first step. The question is how does one use this information to improve patient care? Many believe the data should lead us as an industry to engage in a process of continuous learning and improvement, because...
“Learning is a process not an event.”
To register for the ROR Plan Challenge 2011, please visit: http://www.roresources.com/planchallenge2011