How to get started with myQA Accept 9.0?
Step 1: Common Settings
This video is an overview of the start page and common settings of myQA Accept version 9.0, a software used for radiation measurement. The start page contains quick links to frequently used tasks and helpful resources such as user guides and a searchable database for troubleshooting tips. The common settings section is where users can enter their department and machine-specific data in eight subsections, including equipment setup, measurement preferences, and analysis parameters. The video provides step-by-step guidance on how to enter information for each subsection. The video also discusses the importance of establishing criteria for calculations and creating consolidated data tables.
The video also explains how to set up units and graphics preferences, as well as general settings such as RTPS setup, autosave setup, and file options. The common settings section is important for ensuring that the myQA Accept software is tailored to the specific needs of the clinic or department using it.
The video then dives into the details of each sub-menu within the common settings section. The equipment setup section allows the user to enter information about the clinic's radiation devices, controllers, scanners, and detectors. The detectors section includes a comprehensive list of detectors that IBA sells, each with default information specific to that detector. The video explains how to add a new detector and specify whether a depth correction should be applied.
The measurement preferences section includes options for specifying scan preferences and scan region setup. The scan region setup allows the user to customize the scan speed for different regions of the scan and to choose whether to specify this for depth dose or photon depth. The analysis parameters section allows the user to specify which data should be automatically calculated for all scanning, including protocols for electron depth dose, photon depth, proton TPR, TMRS, and all profiles.
Lastly, the calculations section allows the user to establish criteria for any calculations they want to do with their data, such as creating consolidated data tables for profiles versus field size. The video shows how to create a new table and set defaults for multiple field sizes.
Overall, the video provides a comprehensive overview of the common settings section in myQA Accept version 9.0, highlighting the importance of tailoring the software to the specific needs of the clinic or department using it. The video provides step-by-step instructions for entering and modifying information in each sub-menu, making it a valuable resource for users of the software.
Step 2: Queue Setup
The video tutorial provides step-by-step guidance on how to set up scan queues in myQA Accept version 9.0. The video focuses on the Queue Setup task which allows users to easily create, edit, and save scan queues. The task is accessed by clicking on Queue Setup on the left side of the window. The top portion of the Queue Setup window contains the global settings for the scan queue, with the defaults that were configured within the Common Settings task. These settings can be changed as necessary.
The central area of the Queue Setup window is where the individual scan queue items are defined, which will be added to the consolidated queue displayed in the bottom section. On the left side of the window are the scan type options. The queue item details are defined in the central panel schematic on the right, which shows a 3D view of the scanning tank, showing the dimensions and relative positioning to the gantry. The red line or point represents the position and direction of the selected scan type. The XYZ axis markers shown on the 3D view should reflect the actual orientation of the tank with respect to the gantry. If this view differs, the tank can be rotated virtually by choosing a different device turn angle. This ensures that inline and cross-line scans are labeled appropriately.
To create a scan queue item, the user must select the scan type and define the corresponding field in the scan settings in the Basic Settings tab. The scan mode can be set to continuous or step by step. A number margin can be set to either relative or absolute, and the details of the step-by-step settings or continuous settings are set here. If a custom scan profile template was created, it can be selected here as well. First, choose regions, and then select your profile. Once all the parameters are defined, clicking "Add to Queue" will create the queue item in the queue list below. The queue tab will be labeled with the date and time.
Once one or more scan queue items are added, further editing and additions can be completed within the queue itself. To manually change the queue order or to cut, copy, and paste queue items, simply highlight the queue item of interest and click the icon at the top, or right-click and select. Double-clicking on an individual cell will allow editing. To edit multiple cells at a time, click "Multiple Edit" and then highlight the rows you want to edit and make your changes at the top of the appropriate column.
Lastly, pauses and custom paused texts can be added within your queue. To do this, simply select the queue item where you want to pause, right-click and add a pause, then click "Edit" and add pause text. Once the queue is complete, it can be saved for future use by clicking the save icon in the queue panel.
Overall, the video provides a comprehensive guide on how to set up scan queues in myQA Accept version 9.0, with clear and detailed instructions on each step of the process.
Step 3: Measurement
The video provides an overview of the measurement task for myQA Accept version 9.0. The first step is to create scan queues, after which users can acquire measurements by clicking on "Measurement" on the left panel. The standard view panel for the measurement task consists of three windows: the data view at the top, the scan queue at the bottom left, and the controller window at the bottom right. Users can resize or hide these windows as needed by dragging or clicking the pin icon in the top right of each panel.
To open a previously saved queue, users need to create a new project and click the load icon in the queue panel or select open queue from the top pull-down menu. Any incompatible items will be highlighted in red, and valid items will be marked with green checks under the V column. The P column indicates where there is a pause, and the M column indicates when the measurement is complete. Users must ensure that the correct chambers are selected for the field and reference, as not doing so may risk applying voltage to a detector, which could cause damage.
To establish communication with the CCU, users need to click connect in the controller panel. Once the green check is active, the controller is connected. Users then need to click on "High Voltage Setup," and the values will appear in the bottom section. The next step is to measure the background.
There are three main tabs in the controller panel: the controller panel, the electrometer panel, and the positioning panel. The controller panel shows the field and reference signals, and green is the optimal signal, yellow indicates a slightly out-of-range signal, and red means overflow or underflow. If the signals are out of range, users should check their setup, and if everything looks good, they should click on the electrometer panel. Under the field or reference tabs, users can adjust the sensitivity level, which can be set to high, medium, or low. If necessary, these levels can be adjusted to improve signal quality. The positioning panel allows users to define positions as they would on a physical hand pendant.
To fine-tune the precision of the measurement setup, users should perform a central axis check or cax measurement by selecting "Measure CAX." Here, users can define the field size and two profile depths, which can be used to evaluate inline and crossline positioning and determine the angle in these directions. Clicking "OK" will create a separate cax queue comprising four profiles at two different depths. Once the cax correction is complete, a pop-up will appear showing the inline angle, crossline angle, and inline and cross-line shifts. The user can choose to apply the shifts as desired. The inline and cross-line angles cannot be corrected automatically, and if isocenter shifts are made, the shifts will translate to all queues.
Users can toggle between different queues by clicking the tabs at the top of each queue. Moving from one queue to another requires reattaching the CCU, which is required before scanning can begin. To save scans, users can click "File" and then "Save As." Clicking "Save" in the scan queue will save the queue along with the data.
Overall, the video provides a detailed overview of the measurement task in myQA Accept version 9.0, including how to create and open scan queues, select chambers, establish communication with the CCU, adjust sensitivity levels, define positions, perform a central axis check, and save scans.
Step 4: Data Handling
The video provides an overview of the data handling tools available in version 9.0 of the myQA Accept software. The video explains that the data handling tools can be found in the data taskbar and the measurement toolbar. They can also be accessed through the pull-down menu and by clicking on individual scans, holding down the shift key for multiple scans, or by right-clicking and selecting all.
The video describes various options available in the right-click menu, such as zooming, unzooming, pan mode, enlarging, and reducing the pane. Other options include cut, copy, paste, and showing the relative ratio of the reference to the field, as well as numerical analysis for all selected items.
The information icon located at the top left of the interface provides information about the setup, scan info, extended scan info, and administrative history information. The data modification history window allows users to see the modifications made to the data and when they were made.
The tabular format view allows users to create tables based on templates created in their common settings. Users can create profile versus depth tables, profile versus field size tables, depth versus field size tables, as well as TPR and TMR tables. Templates can be selected or created by clicking on the add/edit template button.
The video also discusses the cursor tools available in the software, including single, double, and symmetric cursors for profiles. Users can drag the cursor along their active scan, and the information relative to that point is displayed at the top left of the interface.
The data modification tools available in the software include rescaling, smoothing, editing, moving, mirroring, rotating, basic mathematics, resampling, and modifying resolution line coordinates. Users can also use PDDs data to create TPR data in cases where there is more than one field size.
In conclusion, the video provides a comprehensive overview of the data handling functions available in myQA Accept version 9.0. The software provides various tools for manipulating data, creating tables, and modifying data points, making it a useful tool for data analysis in the field of medical physics.
Step 5: RTPS Modules
The video is a review of the RTPS module in myQA Accept version 9.0, which enables users to create machine commissioning cues for an array of planning systems. The RTPS module can be accessed under "Common Settings" and "General RTPS Setup," where a list of treatment planning systems, including CMS, Eclipse, Monaco, Multiplan, Oncentra, Pinnacle, RayStation, and Tomotherapy, is provided. Users can enable one or more of these treatment planning systems to create custom cues for each system.
After selecting the desired treatment planning system, users can access the RTPS Auto Queue Module, which has collapsible menus for each system, allowing customization of the radiation device, radiation type, energy, and medium to create subsets of cues. Users can select individual cue groups or generate cues for each item in the photon settings area, which includes a depth list for each energy, wedge details, and orientation.
The bottom area has specific details for output factors and measurement geometry, which match the requirements for the Eclipse treatment planning system by default. Once all the data items are selected, users can click "Create Queue," which auto-generates a queue for all the selected energies and configurations. The resulting queue is a comprehensive list of all the conditioning items required for the Eclipse treatment planning system and can be saved or used for measuring.
Overall, the RTPS module in myQA Accept version 9.0 provides users with an easy-to-use tool for creating machine commissioning cues for various treatment planning systems. The module's customization options and auto-generate feature make it a valuable tool for users looking to streamline the commissioning process.