News | Proton Therapy | May 10, 2019

IBA Partnering to Develop Advanced Digital Proton Therapy Technologies in Belgium

Research agreement with university and industry partners aims to accelerate adoption of proton therapy through new developments in machine learning, statistics and pattern analysis

IBA Partnering to Develop Advanced Digital Proton Therapy Technologies in Belgium

May 10, 2019 — IBA (Ion Beam Applications SA) announced a research agreement with Skandionkliniken, Université Catholique de Louvain and Telemis aimed at accelerating installation, optimizing service and improving clinical operations for proton therapy.

New developments in machine learning, statistics and pattern analysis now allow vendors to provide clinical and operations staff with meaningful outcomes from the data generated by proton therapy systems.

The main objective of this program is to further improve treatment quality through personalized online adaptive therapy. Additionally, this project will also help to maximize the uptime and the patient throughput of the system while minimizing yearly maintenance cost.

The Walloon Region of Belgium supports this three-year agreement, called the BiDMed project (Big Data in Medicine) through its Biowin health cluster.

Alexandru Dasu, medical physicist, chief of physics, Skandionkliniken, commented, “In order to maximize the benefits of proton therapy, we need to minimize the exposure of healthy tissue to the radiation dose. This pushes us to adapt our dose distribution plan as the tumor evolves throughout the course of treatment. This agreement will allow Skandionkliniken to continue to pioneer new ways of using the latest treatment course data to personalize treatment.”

Benoit Macq, Ph.D., UCL, commented, “UCLouvain is proud to be part of this venture. Our university wants to be a key partner in the digital transition of companies with a focus on the use of emerging tools of machine learning. The challenges proposed in BidMed will allow broadening our expertise in deep learning and cyberphysics. BidMed will treat large data sets and will be an exemplary use case of our research in algorithmic.”

Sylvie Ponchaut, managing director Biowin, commented, “BioWin is proud to enrich its portfolio with BidMed, this collaborative and innovative program gathering leaders in the field of proton therapy and digital technologies. By joining our forces in improving personalized cancer treatment, these actors are responding to an important need of the patient and contribute to the reinforcement of the excellence of Wallonia.”

For more information: www.iba-worldwide.com

Related Content

Black Men Less Likely to Adopt Active Surveillance for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer
News | Prostate Cancer | June 17, 2019
A new study reveals black men are less likely than white men to adopt an active surveillance strategy for their...
University Medical Center Groningen Performs First Automatic Log-based Proton Therapy Patient QA
News | Proton Therapy | June 14, 2019
IBA announced the physics team of University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands has developed and...
M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation
News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019
M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-...
iCAD Introduces ProFound AI for 2D Mammography in Europe
News | Artificial Intelligence | June 13, 2019
iCAD Inc. announced the launch of ProFound AI for 2D Mammography in Europe. This software is the latest addition to...
The Current Direction of Healthcare Reform Explained by CMS Administrator Seema Verma
News | Radiology Business | June 11, 2019
June 11, 2019 — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma addressed the American Med
Aidoc Earns FDA Approval for AI for C-spine Fractures
Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 11, 2019
Radiology artificial intelligence (AI) provider Aidoc announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared...
Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance
Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019
Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has...
Glassbeam Announces New Clinsights Application Suite for Healthcare Provider Market
Technology | Analytics Software | June 10, 2019
Glassbeam launched Clinsights, a new revitalized application suite powered by artificial intelligence/machine learning...
The DeepAAA algorithm, developed at the MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science, accurately detected and measured an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in a CT image even though appearance of the AAA was complicated by a blood clot

The DeepAAA algorithm, developed at the MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science, accurately detected and measured an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in a CT image even though appearance of the AAA was complicated by a blood clot. (The algorithm drew a green circle around the aneurysm.) Image courtesy of Varun Buch, MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science

Feature | Artificial Intelligence | June 10, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr
Editor’s note: This article is the second in a content series by Greg Freiherr covering the ...
ASTRO Applauds New Prior Authorization Legislation
News | Radiation Therapy | June 07, 2019
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) released a statement applauding Congress’s introduction of...