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Therapeutic Radiography: Quality Assurance

A subject guide for Therapeutic Radiography at Queen Margaret University

Radiotherapy errors


PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND., 2016. Development of learning from radiotherapy errors: Supplementary guidance [online]. London: Public Health England [viewed 3 April 2017]. Available from:

Key papers

These key readings are particularly useful for 3rd year students on the Clinical Practice module.

Each book chapter and journal article below is referenced in the British Standard Harvard 2010 referencing style.  Where direct links are not provided, the content below is available in print version only in the LRC:

CLARK, C.H., AIRD, E.G.A., BOLTON, S., MILES, E.A., NISBET, A., SNAITH, J.A.D., THOMAS, R.A.S., VENABLES, K. and THWAITES, D.I., 2015. Radiotherapy dosimetry audit: Three decades of improving standards and accuracy in UK clinical practice and trials. British Journal of Radiology [online]. vol. 88, no. 1055 [viewed 3 May 2017]. Available from:

KOULOULIAS, V.E., POORTMANS, P.M., BERNIER, J., HORIOT, J.-C., JOHANSSON, K.-A., DAVIS, B., GODSON, F., GARAVAGLIA, G., PIERART, M. and VAN DER SCHUEREN, E., 2003. The Quality Assurance programme of the Radiotherapy Group of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC): A critical appraisal of 20 years of continuous efforts. European Journal of Cancer Care [online]. March, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 430-437 [viewed 3 May 2017]. Available from:

MAYLES, W.P.M., LAKE, R., MCKENZIE, A., MACAULAY, E.M., MORGAN, H.M., JORDON, T.J. and POWLEY, S.K., eds. 1999. Physics Aspects of Quality Control in Radiotherapy. York: Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

PAPAKOSTIDI, A., TOLIA, M. and TSOUKALAS, N., 2014. Quality assurance in Health Services: The paradigm of radiotherapy. JBUON [online]. January-March, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 47-52 [viewed 3 May 2017]. Available from:

PETTERSEN, M.N., AIRD, E. and OLSEN, D.R., 2008. Quality assurance of dosimetry and the impact on sample size in randomized clinical trials. Radiotherapy and Oncology [online]. February, vol. 86, no. 2, pp. 195-199 [viewed 3 May 2017]. Available from:

THWAITES, D., 2000. Quality assurance into the next century. Radiotherapy and Oncology [online]. January, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. vii-ix [viewed 3 May 2017]. Available from:

WILLIAMS, M.V., 2007. Improving patient safety in radiotherapy by learning from near misses, incidents and errors. British Journal of Radiology [online]. vol. 80, no. 953, pp. 297-301 [viewed 3 May 2017]. Available from: