In this edition of The Focal Spot, Tyler Blackwell interviews UCSD physicist Todd Atwood, PhD.
HyTEC Project Complete: New Clinical Guidance for SRS and SBRT
ClearCheck templates are available now for new key dose metrics provided in HyTEC reports.
HyTEC is the latest successor in a historic line of dose guidelines—following Emami, QUANTEC, and TG-101—that collate published literature on Normal Tissue Complication Probability (NTCP) that forms the basis for routine patient treatments. In 2010, QUANTEC set a new standard for dose-volume information for organs at risk (OARs) within standard 2Gy fractionation regimens. Since the time of its publication, the use of higher fraction doses has become more frequent, necessitating new guidance on OAR dose limits. As Larry Marks, MD commented during a podcast interview, “As the volumes have gone down, the doses have been escalated—a lot!”
Past issues of the HYTEC series, including in-depth, organ-specific analyses, are available for download on the Red Journal website as well as the AAPM website. The group’s findings were organized in a clinically useful table format in a summary review article.
If you’re interested in incorporating the new guidelines, we’ve got you covered. Find bespoke ClearCheck templates designed for the new HyTEC recommendations in our template library, which houses dozens of ready-to-implement templates that can help assess critical dose-volume statistics prescribed by major protocols and task group reports.
Not a ClearCheck user? Visit the product page or check out the video below to discover how to transform patient plan review in your department. From dose constraints and plan checks to collision detection and reporting, ClearCheck is a powerful tool for clinicians that value efficiency.
Written by Tyler Blackwell
Tyler is a board-certified medical physicist with extensive clinical experience in radiation therapy. He is active in the medphys community including several AAPM committees, the AAPM Board of Directors, and as an ABR orals examiner. Tyler dabbles in real estate investing, loves preparing breakfast for his three kiddos, and enjoys playing adult coed soccer.
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