The latest development in radiation oncology departments towards high precision and adaptive radiation therapy is the clinical introduction of magnetic resonance image guided radiation therapy (MRgRT). Early 2016, patient treatment using MRgRT was started at Amsterdam UMC, location VU University Medical Center. Introducing this novel technique in clinical practice requires thorough preparation with regard to important topics, such as MR-safety and training, equipping the treatment vault and console room, development of MRgRT workflow and logistical issues. Certainly when MRgRT is combined with daily plan adaptation, this indicates adjusting existing workflows and protocols. The MRgRT workflow requires a multidisciplinary process, and while each discipline has had its own tasks and responsibilities, with growing clinical experience there has been a shift towards RTT responsibilities. In this overview we discuss preclinical training and preparation for the implementation of (adaptive) MRgRT, with a particular focus on the perspective of RTTs. Although the reviewed logistics are partly the result of the decision to perform daily plan re-optimization, our experience can be extrapolated to implementation of alternative approaches for MRgRT.
- Clinical workflow, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
- MR-guided radiation therapy (MRgRT)
- On-table adaptation
- RTT perspective
- Stereotactic MR-guided adaptive radiation therapy (SMART)