Radiation Oncology

Quality & Outcomes

Penn Radiation Oncology is committed to providing patients with quality care in a manner that is safe and effective. Patients benefit from Penn's Quality Assurance Program, which ensures that all aspects of patient care meet the highest standards.

Prior to starting radiation therapy, patients go through a rigorous treatment planning process called treatment simulation. This process ensures the accuracy of treatment and includes:

  • Construction of an immobilization device, that facilitates accurate and reproducible treatment every time a patient receives proton therapy.
  • Outlining of all normal structures to designate those which receive limited doses of radiation or are to be avoided entirely.
  • Thorough review of the treatment plan by a dosimetrist, physicist and radiation oncologist.
  • Patient-specific tests that include output measurement (to calculate monitor units) and measurements of the plan generated by the treatment planning system and the milled compensator are correct.
  • Additionally, machine-specific calibrations are performed at the start of each day. These calibrations test the constancy of the equipment (lasers, X-ray system, beam properties, safety system) and the computer interface. Monthly and yearly checks are also performed.