Questions You Should Ask
Radiation Oncology Physics

Commissioning FAQs

Treat Patients Sooner with Quality and Confidence

Questions You Should Ask
When Evaluating Commissioning Options

  1. How long will it take to commission my equipment?
  2. Is your timeline guaranteed?
  3. What is included in your commissioning service?
  4. What is the timeline for commissioning my new linear accelerator?
  5. What data do you collect?
  6. When is the data book delivered?
  7. How much experience does your team have with commissioning new equipment?
  8. Do you have experience with my particular model?
  9. How far in advance should I schedule my service?
  10. How can I contact you?

 

1. How long will it take to commission my equipment?

The commissioning process varies based on the complexity of your environment, including vendor(s), energies, and other factors.  The approximate timeline for commissioning a dual-energy linac is one week, whereas commissioning a more complex linear accelerator system can average 10-15 days.  This is approximately 4-6 weeks faster than the standard commissioning process of 6-8 weeks.

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2. Is your timeline guaranteed?

Yes, we guarantee that your commissioning will be completed within the timeline provided in your quotation from Landauer Medical Physics.

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3. What is included in your commissioning service?

Landauer Medical Physics commissioning service is not only fast, but also accurate and thorough.  Our comprehensive service includes:

  • Acceptance testing
  • Site survey
  • TG-51 Validation 
  • Full beam data acquisition
  • TG-106 compliant data acquisition and verification
  • TPS data modeling and verification
  • IMRT, SRS, portal dosimetry, Volumetric Arc Therapy and gating implementation assistance
  • Shielding design and survey
  • Clinical startup-up support

Learn more about the Commissioning Process.

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4. What is the timeline for commissioning my new linear accelerator?

Learn more about the Commissioning Timeline

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5. What data do you collect?

The Landauer Medical Physics commissioning team collects a full data set—not a subset that assumes your linear accelerator is similar to an average data set, as with Gold Beam Data. Full beam modeling includes data acquisition beyond the minimum requirements of your treatment planning system.  This leaves your physicists confident that the system has been commissioned appropriately and provides a baseline for all quality assurance work that is performed during the life of your equipment.

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6. When is the data book delivered?

Landauer Medical Physics delivers a full data book and CD to your site physicist approximately one week after the commissioning is complete.  The full data book and data CD provide all the detail needed to validate commissioning processes and beam characteristics.

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7. How much experience does your team have with commissioning new equipment?

The Landauer Medical Physics has more commissioning experience than any other medical physics practice group.  Our experienced team has commissioned over 250 linear accelerators.  Furthermore, board certified medical physicists are on-site for data collection and supervise all commissioning services.

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8. Do you have experience with my particular model?

Landauer Medical Physics has expertise with all vendors and models of equipment and treatment planning systems, including the newest, most complicated systems available.  Learn more about our Equipment Experience.

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9. How far in advance should I schedule my service?

The commissioning process should ideally begin as soon as the equipment is installed.  You should begin evaluating options for commissioning your equipment approximately 3-6 months prior to your expected installation.

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10. How can I contact you?

Contact Landauer Medical Physics at 866-537-2234 or info@LandauerMP.com for more information, or click here to request a quote for service.

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