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Services

Petrone Associates addresses the specific needs of clients in every aspect of diagnostic and therapeutic ionizing and non-ionizing radiation applications. We provide expert consultative services in all modalities, as listed below. Services are designed to comply with all pertinent local, state and federal requirements of all regulatory agencies and organizations (e.g., MQSA, ACR, IAC and Joint Commission Accreditation standards).

Secure Client Portal

Exclusively for clients of Petrone Associates, and provided at no charge, access to a secure custom client portal will be provided. Stored on the portal for access 24/7/365 are all documents and physics reports (listed by room/unit name) that are generated as a result of our professional interactions. These include but are not limited to, all physics and quality assurance documents, radiation safety minutes and correspondence, dose optimization materials, physics calibration certificates and physics personnel credentials. Also, exclusively for clients, the website contains important Links, Forms and Policies as well as Education Programs covering a complete range of topics.

Clients find the portal an invaluable resource which ensures an organized one-stop destination for all their compliance needs. Understanding the importance of this resource, we are committed to a dynamic, ever-evolving portal, and will continue to enhance the functionality of the website, taking into account your needs as a valued client.

Dose Optimization Programs

In full compliance with Joint Commission and State regulations, we will design and implement a Comprehensive Dose Optimization Program (CDOP). The program will ensure that all patients in CT, IR, Nuclear Medicine and Radiography receive only the correct amount of radiation needed to deliver optimal diagnostic imaging. We tailor programs to meet the client needs, taking into account in-house systems and resources. As a result, we function as a contributing team member or if desired, can offer a turnkey solution where we function as team leader and primary driver.

Regulatory Compliance

  • Annual department audits for compliance with Joint Commission, ACR (or IAC) and State regulations. Each audit will include a comprehensive report and a summary of action items which facilitate and organize a state of full compliance.
  • Radioactive materials licensing applications and amendments
  • Assistance with Radiation equipment registrations and permits
  • Regulatory liaison to represent the client in any communication, program, action, etc.
  • Robust Regulatory Alert system to notify clients of up-to-date new enforcement information

ACR and IAC Accreditation

We perform 100% of the physics functions for these accrediting agencies and work with your team to ensure successful outcomes.

Joint Commission Compliance

As experts in all aspects of the Joint Commission Imaging Standards, we evaluate compliance and design and implement a program of equipment evaluation, staff training and dose optimization.

Radiation Safety Office (RSO)

We will provide support for an existing Radiation Safety office or provide a turnkey, fully operation Radiation Safety office. Our expertise in Medical and Health physics includes knowledge of all existing Federal, State and local radiation regulations, as well as current radiation standards from all pertinent agencies (NCRP, ICRP, NRC, JC, IAC, ACR, etc.). This knowledge will be utilized to custom design and operate your radiation safety office. With several decades of working closely with regulators throughout the country, you can be assured of optimal relations with these entities and smooth licensing, compliance and inspection activities.

Diagnostic Imaging Physics

Modality: Computed Tomography

  • Weekly chart checks
  • Isodose plan review
  • Verifications
  • Brachytherapy cases
  • IMRT treatment planning and Q.A.
  • Monthly Q.A. on PET/CT simulator
  • Monthly Q.A. on Linear Accelerator
  • Monthly Q.A. on Tomotherapy
  • HDR treatment
  • Stereotactic cases
  • Annual evaluations of Linear Accelerators
  • Troubleshooting

Modality: CBCT

  • Joint Commission compliance physics
  • ACR and IAC accreditation physics
  • Shielding analysis and design
  • Radiation safety survey
  • Acceptance testing
  • Annual, semi-annual, monthly and periodic testing (customized)
  • Quality control manual
  • Radiation safety and dose optimization education
  • Comprehensive Dose Optimization
  • Patient dosimetry

Modality: Dental, Panorex and Cephalometric

  • Shielding analysis and design
  • Radiation safety survey
  • Annual equipment performance evaluation
  • CRESO evaluation (NYS)

Modality: Mammography

  • ACR, MQSA and IAC accreditation physics
  • Shielding analysis and design
  • Acceptance testing
  • Radiation safety survey
  • Annual and periodic testing
  • Annual workstation evaluation
  • Radiation safety education
  • Radiation dose analysis and optimization
  • Staff training

Modality: Magnetic Resonance

  • Joint Commission compliance physics
  • ACR and IAC accreditation physics
  • Facility analysis, consultation and verification testing
  • Acceptance testing
  • Annual and periodic testing
  • MRI Safety Compliance Audit
  • MRI Safety Training

Modality: Radiographic and Fluoroscopic

  • Shielding analysis and design
  • Radiation safety survey
  • Acceptance testing
  • Annual, semi-annual, quarterly and periodic testing (customized)
  • Radiation safety and training
  • Quality control and radiation safety manual
  • Patient dosimetry

Modality: Computed and Digital radiography

  • Acceptance testing
  • Periodic comprehensive system evaluation (customized)

Modality: Primary Diagnostic Monitors

  • Acceptance testing
  • Annual, quarterly and periodic evaluations

Modality: Nuclear Camera (SPECT and SPECT/CT)

  • Joint Commission compliance physics
  • Quarterly comprehensive department compliance audits
  • ACR and IAC accreditation physics
  • Shielding analysis and design
  • Radiation safety survey
  • Acceptance testing
  • Annual, semi-annual, quarterly and periodic testing (customized)
  • Radiation safety education and training
  • Radiation dose analysis and optimization
  • Patient dosimetry
  • Radiopharmaceutical therapy physics
  • Quality control and radiation safety manual
  • Fugitive waste monitor evaluation
  • Homeland Security radiation emergency program

Modality: Primary Diagnostic Monitors

  • Joint Commission compliance physics
  • ACR and IAC accreditation physics
  • Shielding analysis and design
  • Radiation safety survey
  • Acceptance testing
  • Annual, semi-annual, quarterly and periodic testing (customized)
  • Radiation safety education and training
  • Radiation dose analysis and optimization
  • Quality control and radiation safety manual

Radiation Oncology Physics Services

Modality: Linear Accelerator

  • New Department/Equipment selection and planning
  • Shielding design and specification
  • Full radiation oncology regulatory support
  • Radiation safety survey
  • Equipment commissioning and treatment planning system data formatting and acceptance
  • Equipment calibration as needed
  • Annual MVCT and KVCBCT dosimetry
  • Imaging system evaluation
  • Monthly machine quality assurance
  • End to end testing
  • Accreditation support (ACR, ACRO, and ASTRO)
  • Physics peer program review
  • Medical physics and medical dosimetry on-site clinical personnel support
    • Weekly chart checks
    • Plan generation and review
    • Brachytherapy planning and treatment
    • IMRT, IGRT, SBRT, and VMAT treatment planning and QA
    • Cyberknife planning
    • Tomotherapy planning, calibration and QA

Modality: Superficial X-Ray

  • Acceptance, Commissioning and Annual Calibration

Modality: Proton Therapy

  • Full Facility Support (technical, regulatory, and physics)