The Radiation Physics and Radiation Protection Department works on three different areas:
The department is responsible for quality control of the equipment used in Radiation Therapy, which includes the accelerator, simulator, brachytherapy, image guided radiation therapy systems (IGRT), planning and dosage systems and radiation measurement instruments. It is in charge of radiation beam calibration. This is done applying a quality control system based on recommendations of Spanish and international organisms and validated by MD Anderson Houston. The system includes daily, weekly, monthly and 6-monthly quality controls.
Together with the Radiation Therapy Service it forms part of the Oversight Program under which MD Anderson Houston oversees the quality of services in their satellite centers inside and outside of the United States. In accordance with the program, data on various quality indicators are collected regularly. These indicators are analyzed periodically, looking at any weak points in the workflow and setting goals to improve treatments.
The aim of the program is to offer the same standards in quality as in MD Anderson Houston in all their satellite centers and generate a spirit of continuous improvement among the professionals working at MD Anderson Madrid.
The department carries out quality controls and approves X-ray emitting equipment.
The work of Radiation Protection involves measuring radiation levels in X-ray and radioactive facilities, designing radiological shielding for rooms housing any radioactive equipment and drafting reports for the Nuclear Safety Council and for the Ministry of Industry.