September 24, 2021

Reference: Updated International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Database Highlights Global Disparity in Access to Cancer Care

From the IAEA:

Most radiotherapy facilities in the world are located in high-income countries, and at least 36 nations do not have any such equipment to treat cancer. These are some conclusions drawn from data in the revamped Directory of Radiotherapy Centres (DIRAC), launched today on the margins of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference.

With information from 141 countries, DIRAC is the most comprehensive database on radiotherapy infrastructure worldwide, showing centres where cancer can be treated and drawing attention to locations where patients have limited or no access at all.

The new DIRAC portal has been re-designed to be more user-friendly and to provide integrated data with better comparisons between countries and regions. The IAEA has been collecting data on radiotherapy centres since 1959.

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DIRAC data is derived from IAEA dosimetry audit services operated with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other audit networks, collected from radiotherapy centres, national databases and manufacturers. The database contains data on radiotherapy machines, radiation sources, staff in radiotherapy centres, and on the type and age of equipment.

Direct to UPDATED Directory of Radiotherapy Centres (DIRAC)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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