Treatment plan made savvy by hospital in Boston

By : |October 30, 2010 0

BOSTON: Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, USA, has selected RaySearch’s treatment planning system RayStation as their next generation planning software for delivery of IMRT and VMAT treatments.

In 2008, RaySearch and MGH entered into a long-term research and development collaboration within the field of multi-criteria optimization for radiation therapy. In all radiation treatments, the clinician has to balance conflicting objectives such as obtaining a sufficiently high target dose to achieve tumor control, while ensuring that the dose to the surrounding healthy tissues is sufficiently low to minimize the risk for side effects. Multi-criteria optimization provides a tool for dealing with these tradeoffs in a stringent fashion. This has the potential to speed up the time-consuming treatment planning optimization process where currently the parameters of a treatment plan are changed through trial and error until a satisfactory plan is found.

The cooperation has resulted in a software product that enables clinicians to explore and evaluate a representative set of treatment alternatives in a highly intuitive and efficient way. The solution is now integrated in RaySearch’s proprietary RayStation treatment planning system. The new agreement means that MGH licenses RayStation for treatment planning of advanced IMRT and VMAT treatments and brings the solution for multi-criteria optimization into clinical practice for the first time, adds a press release.

“MGH is one of the most renowned clinics in the United States and we are of course honored that they have selected RayStation® as their new treatment planning system. Our research collaboration has been very successful and I look forward to continuing our partnership in a clinical setting,” says Johan Löf, CEO of RaySearch.

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