A patient preparing for cancer treatment that uses radiation has plenty to worry about. Getting the right treatment every time – just the right dose in just the right place – should be taken for granted. And yet in radiotherapy, as in every other human activity, errors happen.

Tracking down and eliminating errors in a way that simultaneously prevents further problems is the stock-in-trade of the Center for the Assessment of Radiological Sciences, an organization born at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012.

“The goal is to work with our clients, who sign a contract to enable this relationship,” says founding director Bruce Thomadsen, professor of medical physics at UW-Madison. “If an issue is reported related to the size or placement of a radiation dose, or other aspect of a treatment, we work with the client, going through all the data we have collected about the event.” Read the full story here.