Funding Sources: Partial funding provided by the Veterinary Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and the Sprecher Comparative Cancer Institute.
A SURVEY OF VETERINARY RADIATION FACILITIES IN 2010
Article first published online: 2 MAY 2014
© 2014 American College of Veterinary Radiology
Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Volume 55, Issue 6, pages 638–643, November/December 2014
How to Cite
Farrelly, J. and McEntee, M. C. (2014), A SURVEY OF VETERINARY RADIATION FACILITIES IN 2010. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, 55: 638–643. doi: 10.1111/vru.12161
Prior Presentation: Presented in part at the 2011 Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Veterinary Radiology.
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2014
- Article first published online: 2 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Received: 1 DEC 2013
- Veterinary Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
- Sprecher Comparative Cancer Institute
A survey of veterinary radiation therapy facilities in the United States, Canada, and Europe was done in 2010, using an online survey tool, to determine the type of equipment available, radiation protocols used, caseload, tumor types irradiated, as well as other details of the practice of veterinary radiation oncology. The results of this survey were compared to a similar survey performed in 2001. A total of 76 facilities were identified including 24 (32%) academic institutions and 52 (68%) private practice external beam radiation therapy facilities. The overall response rate was 51% (39/76 responded). Based on this survey, there is substantial variation among facilities in all aspects ranging from equipment and personnel to radiation protocols and caseloads. American College of Veterinary Radiology boarded radiation oncologists direct 90% of the radiation facilities, which was increased slightly compared to 2001. All facilities surveyed in 2010 had a linear accelerator. More facilities reported having electron capability (79%) compared to the 2001 survey. Eight facilities had a radiation oncology resident, and academic facilities were more likely to have residents. Patient caseload information was available from 28 sites (37% of radiation facilities), and based on the responses 1376 dogs and 352 cats were irradiated in 2010. The most frequently irradiated tumors were soft tissue sarcomas in dogs, and oral squamous cell carcinoma in cats.