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Table 2 Barriers to IMRT implementation

From: A national survey of the availability of intensity-modulated radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery in Canada

Barrier to IMRT 2006
(%)
2008
(%)
2009
(%)
2010
(%)
Need to hire more planners 27.3 50 46.7 30
Need to train existing planners to plan IMRT 40.9 72.2 60 50
Need to hire more physicists 40.9 22.2 6.7 10
Need to train existing physicists to plan IMRT 45.5 50 26.7 20
Need to hire more staff to conduct needed QA checks 27.3 N/A N/A N/A
Need to hire more oncologists 13.6 16.7 13.3 0
Need to train existing oncologists to deliver IMRT 40.9 44.4 26.7 20
Need to purchase and/or upgrade planning systems 40.9 22.2 20 0
Need to purchase and/or upgrade linear accelerators 27.3 44.4 40 10
Need to purchase and/or upgrade CT simulator 0 22.2 6.67 10
Other 22.7 27.8 40 40
  1. N/A: Data on this barrier was not collected in 2008-2010 surveys