The Technical Aspects of Radiotherapy
In 2007, the National Radiotherapy Advisory Group (NRAG) report recommended that intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) should become the standard of care between 2012 and 2017. In order to implement the recommendations of NRAG, the National Radiotherapy Implementation Group was created.
The professional bodies involved in radiotherapy were also encouraged to provide advice on technical and scientific aspects of IMRT and in order to fulfil this role The Royal College of Radiologists together with the Society and College of Radiographers, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, the Academic Clinical Oncology Radiotherapy Research Network, the National Cancer Research Institute and NRAG set up a Radiotherapy Development Board. The Board set up a number of workstreams, including an evaluation of the current state of implementation of IMRT, education and training requirements for IMRT, establishing quality standards and assessing the evidence for the use of IMRT. The results of their deliberations form a significant part of this special issue of Clinical Oncology.