Treatment Planning

Having a treatment plan is an important part of radiation therapy. This channel page includes news and new technology innovations for treatment plans.

At the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting, new artificial intelligence (AI) software to assist with radiotherapy treatment planning systems was highlighted. The goal of the AI-based systems is to save staff time, while still allowing clinicians to do the final patient review. 
Feature | Treatment Planning | July 08, 2020 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane
At the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting, new artificial intelligence (AI) software to...
Varian received FDA clearance for its Ethos therapy in February 2020. It is an adaptive intelligence solution that uses onboard AI in the treatment system to take the cone beam CT imaging on the system, compare it to the treatment plan and deliver an entire adaptive treatment plan in a typical 15-minute treatment time slot, from patient setup through treatment delivery.

Varian received FDA clearance for its Ethos therapy in February 2020, shown here displayed for the first time at ASTRO 2019. It is an adaptive intelligence solution that uses onboard AI in the treatment system to take the cone beam CT imaging on the system, compare it to the treatment plan and deliver an entire adaptive treatment plan in a typical 15-minute treatment time slot, from patient setup through treatment delivery.

Feature | Treatment Planning | April 03, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
The traditional treatment planning process takes days to create an optimized radiation therapy delivery plan, but new...
Videos | Artificial Intelligence | October 22, 2019
David Sjostrom, Ph.D., deputy chief physicist, Herlev Hospital, Department of Oncology, Division of Radiotherapy,...
MD Anderson and Varian Partner to Optimize Radiation Oncology Treatment
News | Treatment Planning | October 18, 2019
October 18, 2019 — The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Varian announced a new strategic collaboration...
First Patients Treated With Machine Learning-generated Plans from RayStation 8B
News | Treatment Planning | September 23, 2019
September 23, 2019 — The first-ever patient radiation therapy treatments generated with machine learning in the...
The Siemens Somatom Go.Sim computed tomography (CT) system for dedicated radiation therapy planning

The Siemens Somatom Go.Sim computed tomography (CT) system for dedicated radiation therapy planning. Image courtesy of Siemens Healthineers.

News | Computed Tomography (CT) | September 15, 2019
September 15, 2019 — Siemens Healthineers debuted two computed tomography (CT) systems dedicated to radiation therapy (...
Philips Showcases Integrated Radiation Oncology Portfolio at ASTRO 2019
News | Radiation Oncology | September 13, 2019
September 13, 2019 — Philips will showcase its integrated radiation oncology portfolio at the American Society of...
First Clinical Monte Carlo Photon Dose Planning Conducted in RayStation
News | Treatment Planning | September 05, 2019
September 5, 2019 — Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany, has treated its first patient using Monte Carlo photon...
Heidelberg University Hospital Treats First Patient Using Carbon Ion Therapy With RayStation
News | Treatment Planning | August 23, 2019
August 23, 2019 — Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany, has started using the RayStation treatment planning system...
The Zap-X stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system is completely self-shielded, eliminating the need for a concrete vault. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier to access and less expensive by eliminating the large expense of custom built vaults to house the system. #AAPM19 #AAPM2019 #AAPM

The Zap-X stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system is completely self-shielded, eliminating the need for a concrete vault. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier to access and less expensive by eliminating the large expense of custom-built vaults to house the system. 

Feature | AAPM | August 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor
There were several trends and new technologies in radiation oncology discussed at the American Association of...
Videos | Proton Therapy | August 21, 2019
A new area for proton therapy in treatment of eye cancer, because of the ability to control the tissue penetration and...
Videos | Treatment Planning | August 21, 2019
This is an example of the Mirada DLCExpert deep learning software that automatically identifies organs, segments and...
Videos | Treatment Planning | August 21, 2019
This is a lung cancer tumor radiotherapy treatment plan for the Accuray CyberKnife system demonstrated at the American...
The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.

The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. 

Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor
August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website from...
Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019
News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019
August 2, 2019 — Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance...
Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019
Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins...
Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019
Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada,...
IBA Launches Monte Carlo Patient QA for Varian Halcyon at AAPM 2019
Technology | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 10, 2019
July 10, 2019 — IBA announced the launch of the latest functionality of the SciMoCa Monte Carlo Patient QA solution at...