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Table 1 Unit costs (€ 2012) for radiotherapy care resource use by phase of care (25 fraction course)

From: Direct costs of radiotherapy for rectal cancer: a microcosting study

Phase Cost category Description No. of units Cost per unit per minute (€) Cost per procedure (€)
Treatment planning Capital CT simulation and linear accelerator 1 2.10 62.9
   Moulding equipment 1 0.26 7.9
  Salary Radiation therapist 2 0.44 26.2
   Clinical specialist radiographer 2 0.54 32.4
   Dosimetrist 2 0.61 285.1
   Physicist 1 0.52 31.3
   Staff nurse 1 0.37 22.3
   Radiation oncologist 1 1.65 66.0
   Dietician 1 0.43 12.9
  Overheads Simulation - - 23.4
   Care plan - - 126.5
   Medical work-up - - 47.5
  Other     
   Blood test - - 17.0
   Additional imaging - - 438.0
Treatment Capital Linear accelerator 1 2.10 31.4
   Moulding equipment 1 0.26 3.0
  Salary Radiation therapist 2 0.44 13.1
   Clinical specialist radiographer 2 0.54 16.2
   Radiation oncologist/Registrar 1 1.10 3.3
  Overheads General - - 13.0
  Consumables Fixation devices or shielding blocks for a proportion of patients - - 10.9
Follow-up Salary Radiation oncologist/Registrar - 1.10 22.1
  Overheads General - - 8.8