March 28, 2012 - Accuray Incorporated, a radiation oncology company, announced the release of PlanTouch, the first commercially available, fully integrated software application in radiation oncology that allows physicians to remotely review and approve patients' radiation treatment plans on the iPad. The PlanTouch software, developed in partnership with MIM Software Inc., frees physicians using the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System from work stations and provides them with increased collaboration, mobility, flexibility and
convenience in delivering high-quality patient care. PlanTouch has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
PlanTouch's interface is fully integrated with the CyberKnife System's data management and planning software. Physicians can now review dose volume histograms, isodose curves, contours and images and approve treatment plans directly from their iPads. This new mobile solution can enable improved collaboration between the radiation oncologist and referring physicians, such as thoracic surgeons, urologists and neurosurgeons. Physicians are no longer tied to planning workstations, but instead can access treatment plans remotely, wherever and whenever they need to, ensuring a seamless and efficient workflow. The ability not only to review, but also to approve a treatment plan, is a function not available with any other tablet-based radiation oncology application on the market today.
"I am confident that PlanTouch will make our department more efficient by allowing us to speed up the time between consult, planning and initiation of treatment, which will, in turn, enable us to treat more patients," said Donald B. Fuller, M.D., radiation oncologist, CyberKnife Centers of San Diego. "The technology also has the potential to facilitate and improve timely communication about a patient's treatment plan among all treating physicians, helping us ensure that patients receive the best possible cancer care."
Unlike previously developed radiation treatment software, Accuray's PlanTouch is specifically designed for use on the iPad. For example, treatment planning displays are designed and formatted specifically for the iPad's smaller screen and can be manipulated using the iPad's touch screen capabilities. In addition, protections are in place to safeguard patients personal and health information and to ensure that physicians are accessing and analyzing the correct treatment plan for each patient.
Users can now purchase a software license upgrade for their CyberKnife Systems and download the app through the Apple® App Store™ to enable PlanTouch.
For more information: www.accuray.com