NSABP B - 39 / RTOG 0413 Requirements
[NOTE: No specific credentialing for WBI is required, although compliance with a defined QA review process is required. See protocol sections 5.0 and 11.2-11.3, and Appendix E. However, an institution that offers WBI on this protocol must have the B-39/0413 protocol open and must be credentialed for at least one PBI modality.]
PBI Credentialing Requirements:
Each Radiation Oncologist and Physicist team must complete the credentialing process before a patient can be placed on the protocol (See Section 5.1 of the protocol). Once the team has met the minimum requirements for credentialing, a letter will be sent to the Radiation Oncologist from NSABP informing them that they have successfully completed the credentialing process and can begin placing patients on the study.
· Each Radiation Oncologist and Physicist team at an institution must complete the PBI QA Knowledge Assessment and Facility Questionnaires and complete the benchmark case for each PBI technique for which the institution wants to be credentialed.
(Note: If a Radiation Oncologist at the same institution has been credentialed previously, then all subsequent Radiation Oncologists need ONLY to complete the PBI QA Knowledge Assessment Questionnaire and Sections I and II of the PBI Facility Questionnaire.)
¨ Questionnaires to be completed online:
o PBI QA Knowledge Assessment Questionnaire
o PBI Facility Questionnaire
(Submission of these forms by any other method is highly discouraged and will greatly delay processing of the submitted data.)
¨ Benchmark Cases: For
each PBI technique (3D CRT, MammoSite or
Multi-Catheter) for which an institution would like to be credentialed, the
specific benchmark case must be planned per protocol and submitted
electronically to the ITC (see below on How to Submit Digital Data). A
completed PBI treatment dosimetry summary form
(either 3D CRT or MammoSite/Multi-Catheter) must be
completed and a hard copy of the plan, including isodose
lines and BEVs, must also be mailed to the RPC at:
8060 EL RIO St., Houston, TX 77054.
Click on one of the treatment planning systems listed below to download the proper CT image set. Some of these image files have been compressed (i.e. zipped) and must be decompressed using decompression software such as winzip. If the files cannot be downloaded, it's highly probable that your institution's firewall is preventing the transfer. This can be resolved by calling your IT department or downloading the images from outside the institution's firewall such as your home pc.
¨ How to Submit
Digital Data (click on links to download procedures):
Digital data for PBI credentialing (benchmark cases) as well as ALL PBI protocol cases are to be submitted to the Image-guided Therapy QA Center (ITC) using either DICOM or RTOG Data Exchange format. The ITC will process these data and make them available for review by study chairs (or designates), the RPC, and the RTOG HQ Dosimetry Group. For further information and to obtain an FTP account for submitting data, please contact the ITC (314-747-5415 or email@example.com).