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Implementing and integrating a radiation oncology information system as a pedagogical tool for undergraduate radiation therapy training

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 January 2017

Crispen Chamunyonga
Affiliation:
School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Peta Rutledge
Affiliation:
School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Peter Caldwell
Affiliation:
School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Julie Burbery
Affiliation:
School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Corresponding

Abstract

Purpose

Radiation oncology information systems (OIS) play a crucial role in radiation therapy by ensuring accurate and safe delivery of treatment. A MOSAIQ OIS system is currently used to support undergraduate radiation therapist training at Queensland University of Technology. This review addresses the rationale for implementation and integration in teaching environments and explores the pedagogical benefits supported by educational theory.

Discussion

A review of MOSAIQ functionality shows potential to transform learning through the development of authentic and engaging learning tasks. It provides students with an opportunity to learn two-dimensional image matching through the use of digitally reconstructed radiographs and electronic portal images as well as three-dimensional image matching using computed tomography (CBCT) data in a safe learning environment without clinical time pressures. In addition, this provides the students with knowledge of quality assurance (QA) checks through the verification of treatment parameters and the transfer of information from the planning system to the treatment units. However, there are several potential challenges and practical considerations that need to be overcome.

Conclusion

The application of MOSAIQ OIS could potentially transform teaching and learning strategies for student radiation therapists. Increased knowledge and hands-on skills at undergraduate levels in areas such as image matching and QA can be powerful tools to drive the standards of practice a step further.

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