Technology | August 11, 2011

Elekta Deepens Integration of its Oncology Information System With Varian TrueBeam

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August 11, 2011 – The seamless integration of Elekta's Mosaiq oncology information system (OIS) and Varian's TrueBeam radiation therapy system is enabling the introduction of new OIS functionality, such as flattening filter-free definition, delivery and alerts and enhanced communication capabilities. Numerous TrueBeam users have connected with Mosaiq since the interface was introduced in 2010, and increasing numbers of users are expected to make Mosaiq their OIS. The Mosaiq interface to TrueBeam exemplifies the unparalleled integration between Mosaiq and the radiation therapy systems of other providers, such as Siemens and Accuray/TomoTherapy, and particle therapy vendors, such as Hitachi and IBA.

The Mosaiq OIS streamlines medical oncology and radiation oncology workflows from the first encounter, through diagnosis and staging, planning, treatment and long-term follow-up. At the heart of Mosaiq are the image-enabled electronic medical records (EMR), through which healthcare providers communicate information about their patients during the cancer management continuum.

The work-in-progress Mosaiq functionality for TrueBeam users will include:

  • Characterization of stereotactic cones: In Mosaiq, TrueBeam users will be able to specify field size limitations and other parameters of stereotactic cones and transmit to the linac console.
  • Full support of complex SRS treatments, including complicated deliveries. The Mosaiq interface enables dose verification at the TrueBeam console prior to delivery.
  • Multi-frame imaging, such as fluoro imaging.
  • Gating alerts: Mosaiq will flag the linear accelerator's control system that a particular patient has been prescribed gated therapy delivery.

"At our center we adopted the 'best of breed' approach, where we select the major components of the treatment chain to best suit our clinical practice, and we expect the vendors to ensure seamless exchange of information," says Vladimir Feygelman, Ph.D., faculty physicist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. "We were very pleased with the ease of integration, based on the open standards, between the TrueBeam linac and Mosaiq oncology information system."

Mosaiq is the first comprehensive OIS to receive complete EMR certification. Complete EMR certification enables U.S. providers to qualify to demonstrate Stage 1 meaningful use under the HITECH Act.

For more information: www.elekta.com

 

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