iQA

Automated QA Process & Image Analysis

iQA Status Home Page with simple visibility of pending and completed protocols

Key Features

DEFINE
  • Automatic MRI Distortion Analysis
  • Automatic Daily IGRT & CT/SIM QA Analysis
  • Administrator-Defined QA test Protocols,
  • Supports Multiple Sites & Machines
  • Fast & Simple Setup / Implementation
  • Minimal Training
MEASURE
  • Controlled & Repeatable Test Protocols
  • Standardized Critical Measurements
  • Therapist-Friendly Process & Interface
  • Simplified Visual Step-By-Step Procedures
  • Satisfies AAPM TG 142 Standards
ANALYZE
  • View Data for All Sites in One Location
  • Database Maintains Historic Data for Statistical Analysis & Trending
  • Auto-Generation of Routine User-Defined Reports
  • Automatic eMail Notification of Test Results & Unperformed Tests
  • Simple Interface to show Pass, Fail, & Marginal Results
IMPROVE
  • Easily Identify Where Improvements are Necessary
  • Generate and Track Corrective or Preventive Actions
  • Trend Analysis & Reports Ensure Key
    Parameters are Controlled and Maintained
CONTROL
  • Monitor Key Parameters Using Historic Data in One Location
  • Ensure Protocols are Effectively Implemented & on Schedule
  • Demonstrate Improvement & Control Effectiveness
  • Demonstrate Conformance to AAPM TG Standards & Regulatory Requirements

Full Description

What is it?

iQA is a QA management and automatic image analysis tool for medical physicists. It has two purposes:
  1. Implementation and Standardization of routine physics QA processes
  2. Automated image analysis and reporting for IMT QA Phantoms, and nearly all Winston-Lutz phantoms.

How does it work?

  1. The iQA App (the front-end user interface) is accessed through the web-browser(s) of your choosing, provided that you are connected to the same local network as your iQA Workstation.
    1. The web application host is installed to a server or local workstation, the “iQA Workstation” at your clinic.
    2. Check out the iQA App via our iQA demo server Note: IMT’s iQA demo server has been custom-configured for general internet-based accessibility and is for demonstration purposes only! Your IT department will be very upset if you do this at your clinic!
  2. iQA’s automated image analysis processor “the iQA service” application is a service application which runs in the background to receive and process DICOM images. It is also installed to your iQA Workstation.
  3. Routines, or “Protocols” are run by the user, typically a medical physicist or radiation therapist.
    1. Like this Daily CT/SIM Check Protocol
    2. Your clinic’s iQA Protocols should be customized and defined to reflect your optimal and required QA routines. More on that in another topic.
  4. The user performs a QA routine - with a generic Winston-Lutz phantom, or with a dedicated IMT QA Phantom, like the IMT Daily CT/SIM Check, or IMT MRI GrID Commissioning Phantom.
  5. The user exports the phantom’s CT, kV, MV, CBCT, MRI images as DICOM Files to iQA. Their automated image analysis is performed, and then a summary report is displayed.

The IMT iQA Software, developed with our clinical partners, was designed to provide simple, procedural QA process implementation that is therapist-friendly and completely visible to administrative functions. When used with our phantoms, 

iQA supports multiple sites and machines and provides controlled, standardized, and repeatable QA procedures using step-by-step instructions and direct input of critical measurements. iQA’s database provides historical trend analysis for all locations and will automatically notify the physicist or other administration of QA test results, including any failures or omissions. 

If necessary, Corrective Action can be initiated and tracked within the software at the first point of failure.

iQA is a locally-hosted platform, internet connection & exposure is not required for daily use. It can be accessed by any device on the same network as the host workstation and configured for permissible or restricted access by local client devices.
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