Keck School Faculty

Arthur J. Olch, PhD
Arthur J. Olch, PhD
Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology
Radiation Oncology
CHLA 4650 W. Sunset Blvd. Off Campus Los Angeles
Arthur J. Olch is Professor of Radiation Oncology and Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. He is also Chief of Physics for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Radiation Oncology Program, one of only a few radiotherapy centers in the US that treat exclusively children. Dr. Olch received his BS degree in Engineering and his PhD in Medical Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Physics in Medicine (AAPM). Dr. Olch has served as the Chair of the Physics Subcommittee of the Children’s Oncology Group Radiation Oncology Committee and of the AAPM Subcommittee on Quality Assurance and Outcome Improvement as well as serving as chair or member of various AAPM Task Groups. He has been a radiation therapy physicist for over 30 years and has authored or co-authored 50 journal articles and book chapters and written the book on pediatric radiotherapy treatment planning.

American Association of Physicists in Medicine: Fellow of the AAPM, 2011

Pediatric Normal Tissue Effects in the Clinic (PENTEC): An International Collaboration to Analyse Normal Tissue Radiation Dose-Volume Response Relationships for Paediatric Cancer Patients Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2019 Jan 19. . View in PubMed

Collision Risk Mitigation of Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator With Supplemental Live-View Cameras Pract Radiat Oncol. 2019 Jan; 9(1):e103-e109. . View in PubMed

Eliminating Daily Shifts, Tattoos, and Skin Marks: Streamlining Isocenter Localization With Treatment Plan Embedded Couch Values for External Beam Radiation Therapy Pract Radiat Oncol. 2019 Jan; 9(1):e110-e117. . View in PubMed

Lens dose-response prediction modeling and cataract incidence in retinoblastoma patients after lens-sparing or whole-eye radiotherapy Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 Dec 08. . View in PubMed

Executive summary of AAPM Report Task Group 113: Guidance for the physics aspects of clinical trials J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2018 Sep; 19(5):335-346. . View in PubMed

The Children's Oncology Group Radiation Oncology Discipline: 15 Years of Contributions to the Treatment of Childhood Cancer Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 Jul 15; 101(4):860-874. . View in PubMed

Collision risk mitigation of Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator with supplemental live-view cameras Pract Radiat Oncol. 2018 Jul 11. . View in PubMed

Acute toxicity of craniospinal irradiation with volumetric-modulated arc therapy in children with solid tumors Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2018 Jul; 65(7):e27050. . View in PubMed

Dose Sculpting Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy for Vertebral Body Sparing in Children With Neuroblastoma Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 Jul 01; 101(3):550-557. . View in PubMed

Executive summary of AAPM Report Task Group 113: Guidance for the physics aspects of clinical trials J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2018 Jun 29. . View in PubMed

Sensitivity study of an automated system for daily patient QA using EPID exit dose images J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2018 May; 19(3):114-124. . View in PubMed

Acute toxicity of craniospinal irradiation with volumetric-modulated arc therapy in children with solid tumors Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2018 Apr 06; e27050. . View in PubMed

Tolerance limits and methodologies for IMRT measurement-based verification QA: Recommendations of AAPM Task Group No218. Med Phys. 2018 Apr; 45(4):e53-e83. . View in PubMed

Sensitivity study of an automated system for daily patient QA using EPID exit dose images J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2018 Mar 06. . View in PubMed

Dose Sculpting Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy for Vertebral Body Sparing in Children With Neuroblastoma Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 Feb 15. . View in PubMed

Radiotherapy after high-dose chemotherapy with autologous hematopoietic cell rescue: Quality assessment of Head Start III Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 Oct; 64(10). . View in PubMed

A Dosimetric Comparison of Intensity-Modulated Proton Therapy, Volumetric-Modulated Arc Therapy, and 4p Non-Coplanar Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy for a Patient with Parameningeal Rhabdomyosarcoma Cureus. 2017 Sep 10; 9(9):e1673. . View in PubMed

Palliative Care Options for a Young Adult Patient with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Cureus. 2017 Aug 18; 9(8):e1580. . View in PubMed

Palliative radiation therapy for superior vena cava syndrome in metastatic Wilms tumor using 10XFFF and 3D surface imaging to avoid anesthesia in a pediatric patient-a teaching case Adv Radiat Oncol. 2017 Jan-Mar; 2(1):101-104. . View in PubMed

A quantitative analysis of craniopharyngioma cyst expansion during and after radiation therapy and surgical implications Neurosurg Focus. 2016 Dec; 41(6):E15. . View in PubMed

Adaptation of vacuum-assisted mouthpiece head immobilization system for precision infant brain radiation therapy Pract Radiat Oncol. 2016 Nov - Dec; 6(6):425-428. . View in PubMed

Re-irradiation of Recurrent Pineal Germ Cell Tumors with Radiosurgery: Report of Two Cases and Review of Literature Cureus. 2016 Apr 25; 8(4):e585. . View in PubMed

Correlation of pulmonary function abnormalities with dose volume histograms in children treated with lung irradiation Pediatr Pulmonol. 2015 Jun; 50(6):596-603. . View in PubMed

Comment on "Monte Carlo evaluations of the absorbed dose and quality dependence of Al2O3 in radiotherapy photon beams" [MedPhys. 36(10), 4421-4424 (2009)]. Med Phys. 2015 May; 42(5):2648-9. . View in PubMed

Clinical outcomes of radiation therapy in the management of Langerhans cell histiocytosis Am J Clin Oncol. 2014 Dec; 37(6):592-6. . View in PubMed

Validation of OSLD and a treatment planning system for surface dose determination in IMRT treatments Med Phys. 2014 Aug; 41(8):081720. . View in PubMed

Pulmonary outcomes in patients with Hodgkin lymphoma treated with involved field radiation Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2014 Jul; 61(7):1277-81. . View in PubMed

A retrospective analysis of recurrent intracranial ependymoma Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2014 Jul; 61(7):1195-201. . View in PubMed

Dosimetric effects caused by couch tops and immobilization devices: report of AAPM Task Group 176 Med Phys. 2014 Jun; 41(6):061501. . View in PubMed

AAPM Medical Physics Practice Guideline 2a: Commissioning and quality assurance of X-ray-based image-guided radiotherapy systems. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2014 Jan 06; 15(1):4528. . View in PubMed

Correlation of clinical and dosimetric factors with adverse pulmonary outcomes in children after lung irradiation Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2013 Aug 01; 86(5):942-8. . View in PubMed

Correlation of long-term pulmonary injury with radiation dose distribution in childhood cancer survivors Pract Radiat Oncol. 2012 Jul-Sep; 2(3):237-240. . View in PubMed

Correlation of long-term pulmonary injury with radiation dose distribution in childhood cancer survivors Pract Radiat Oncol. 2012 Jul-Sep; 2(3):237-40. . View in PubMed

TU-F-BRCD-01: Tolerance Levels and Methodologies for IMRT Verification QA Med Phys. 2012 Jun; 39(6Part24):3917. . View in PubMed

A case of spontaneous hip dislocation that occurred during radiation therapy J Pediatr Orthop B. 2012 Mar; 21(2):170-3. . View in PubMed

Evaluation of the accuracy of 3DVH software estimates of dose to virtual ion chamber and film in composite IMRT QA Med Phys. 2012 Jan; 39(1):81-6. . View in PubMed

Effects of sublethal irradiation on patterns of engraftment after murine bone marrow transplantation Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2011 May; 17(5):608-19. . View in PubMed

Pediatric dosimetry for intrapleural lung injections of (32)P chromic phosphate Phys Med Biol. 2010 Oct 07; 55(19):5735-51. . View in PubMed

Validation of a treatment plan-based calibration method for 2D detectors used for treatment delivery quality assurance Med Phys. 2010 Aug; 37(8):4485-94. . View in PubMed

Treatment of primary CNS germinomatous germ cell tumors with chemotherapy prior to reduced dose whole ventricular and local boost irradiation Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 Jul 15; 55(1):42-6. . View in PubMed

(Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys Epub October 27, 2009). Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 Jun 01; 77(2):638-9; author reply 639. . View in PubMed

Re: Intensity-modulated radiation therapy dose prescription, recording, and delivery: patterns of variability among institutions and treatment planning systems J Natl Cancer Inst. 2008 Sep 03; 100(17):1263; author reply 1265-7. . View in PubMed

TG-69: radiographic film for megavoltage beam dosimetry Med Phys. 2007 Jun; 34(6):2228-58. . View in PubMed

Portal imaging practice patterns of children's oncology group institutions: Dosimetric assessment and recommendations for minimizing unnecessary exposure Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2007 Feb 01; 67(2):594-600. . View in PubMed

Evaluation of a computed radiography system for megavoltage photon beam dosimetry Med Phys. 2005 Sep; 32(9):2987-99. . View in PubMed

In regard to Urie et al: current calibration treatment, and treatment planning techniques among institutions participating in the Children's Oncology Group. IJROBP 2003;55:245-260. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2003 Jul 15; 56(4):1209-10. . View in PubMed

Reproducibility and treatment planning advantages of a carbon fiber relocatable head fixation system Radiother Oncol. 2002 Dec; 65(3):165-8. . View in PubMed

Dosimetric accuracy of the ITP inverse treatment planning system Med Phys. 2002 Nov; 29(11):2484-8. . View in PubMed

Dosimetric performance of an enhanced dose range radiographic film for intensity-modulated radiation therapy quality assurance Med Phys. 2002 Sep; 29(9):2159-68. . View in PubMed

Potential therapeutic misadministration due to inappropriate electron beam field shaping J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2000; 1(3):95-9. . View in PubMed

Range spectra in electron penetration problems Med Phys. 1998 Jan; 25(1):43-55. . View in PubMed

Code of practice for brachytherapy physics: report of the AAPM Radiation Therapy Committee Task Group No56. American Association of Physicists in Medicine. Med Phys. 1997 Oct; 24(10):1557-98. . View in PubMed

The need for individualized dosimetry for tangential breast treatment Med Dosim. 1997; 22(4):315-8. . View in PubMed

Application of the ICRU Report 38 reference volume concept to the radiotherapeutic management of recurrent endometrial and cervical carcinoma Radiother Oncol. 1993 Mar; 26(3):254-9. . View in PubMed

Conversion from Cs-137 to Ir-192 for high dose rate remote afterloading: practical considerations Med Phys. 1992 Mar-Apr; 19(2):377-83. . View in PubMed

External beam electron therapy: pitfalls in treatment planning and deliverance Front Radiat Ther Oncol. 1991; 25:64-79. . View in PubMed

The CT scanner as a therapy machine Radiother Oncol. 1990 Dec; 19(4):337-43. . View in PubMed

Optimization of arc angles in rotational therapy Med Dosim. 1990; 15(3):141-6. . View in PubMed

Radiotherapy planning for simulation of prostate cancer: computerized tomographic scanning vsconventional radiographic localization. Med Dosim. 1989 Dec; 14(4):277-84. . View in PubMed

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