UT Southwestern Adopts Total QA®

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The Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern (Dallas, TX)  has adopted the Total QA (Image Owl Inc.) service to consolidate its therapy machine QA into a single coherent system.

Dr. Yang Kyun Park

Dr. Yang Kyun Park

The department began its search for such a system in late 2016. Dr. Yang Park, an assistant professor at UT Southwestern, led the search process. He and his colleagues did an exhaustive review of all the QA management products in the radiation oncology space. 

Their selection criteria included having the system accessible from anywhere including mobile devices, the inclusion of automated EPID based image analysis, and the ability to customize and extend the system to meet their unique QA needs.

Dr. Park commented, "Not only did Total QA meet all of our criteria, it did so at a reasonable price compared to the alternatives".

Having recently moved the majority of its radiation oncology operations to a new facility, UT Southwestern began by transferring monthly QA activities to Total QA including the automated analysis of phantom images, EPID based tests, and dosimetry.  Dr. Park noted "We have been pleased with the user interface, workflow, and the quick responses from Image Owl's technical support. We had some unique situations that Total QA had not dealt with before but these were resolved quickly."

After setting up monthly QA schedules, Dr. Park and his colleagues expanded the use of Total QA for consolidating data from the department's daily QA devices and machine warmup QA.

Total QA can incorporate QA data from common daily devices.

Total QA can incorporate QA data from common daily devices.

Total QA's comprehensive customization and API features allow adapting and extending the system for unique needs

Total QA's comprehensive customization and API features allow adapting and extending the system for unique needs

UT Southwestern plans to use Total QA for all its machine QA needs including its non-conventional treatment machines such as CyberKnife, Gamma Knife, and imaging equipment. 

Dr. Park and some of his colleagues plan to use the consolidated data in Total QA in data mining research for predictive analytics and other improvement activities. The complete API included with Total QA also affords UT Southwestern physicists the ability to upload numerical and graphical results from custom analyses.

Matt Whitaker, Image Owl Marketing Director, commented "Not only are we delighted at having a prominent institution like UT Southwestern as a client, their comprehensive array of equipment and interest in data analytics make them a valuable collaborator as we strive to make Total QA the most flexible and comprehensive QA data integration platform in the market".

For more information on Total QA please contact Image Owl (info@imageowl.com) or visit us at ASTRO 2017 in San Diego in booth 2417 (The Phantom Laboratory)