CTRad Challenges and Opportunities in Large Scale Radiotherapy Data Collection and Analysis

Thu 25 May 2017
09.45–16.15

Lift Islington, 45 White Lion Street, London,

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The untapped potential of the large quantity of radiotherapy data that accumulates daily in radiotherapy departments has been recognised for several years. Despite this recognition, technical, financial and legal barriers have often prevented proper utilisation.

In recent years CTRad Workstream 4 has examined the possible methods to facilitate use of this data. Several possible models exist and have been successfully implemented in single centres, across regional networks and, in some instances, across whole nations.

A challenge in converting the aspiration of data collection into realisation has often been the lack of a specific research question or a demonstrable patient benefit that has limited the willingness of funders to support the necessary infrastructure development.

CTRad Workstream 4 are therefore organising a workshop with the explicit aim of identifying a number of specific study proposals that would, by necessity, utilise patient-level radiotherapy data from more than one radiotherapy department to answer relevant research questions and/or provide demonstrable patient benefit. Once a set of candidate studies has been identified the follow-up aim will be to support study leaders and teams to work towards funding, including that needed to develop the infrastructure required to achieve data collection.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn about principles of and current technologies for radiotherapy data exchange, and possible types of radiotherapy research studies and models utilising radiotherapy data. There will also be discussion of a number of specific radiotherapy study proposals that would, by necessity, utilise patient-level radiotherapy data from more than one radiotherapy department to answer relevant research questions and/or provide demonstrable patient benefit. Some of the participants will go on to further develop their study proposals, and CTRad hopes to support study leaders and teams to work towards funding, including that needed to develop the infrastructure required to achieve data collection

This event provides 5 CPD credits in accordance with the CPD Scheme of the Royal College of Radiologists.

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