April 28, 2017 — Nottingham City Hospital in the United Kingdom has chosen RayStation as the new treatment planning system for its radiation therapy department. The department treats patients using Elekta linacs (linear accelerators) and an Accuray TomoTherapy system.
The Nottingham Radiotherapy Service is the specialist treatment center for Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands. The department has invested heavily in new technology and equipment in order to provide the best possible treatment for patients. Techniques offered include volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), Papillon (contact brachytherapy) and selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT). Nottingham City Hospital is a stereotactic radiosurgery referral site and receives referrals from many hospitals across the region.
RayStation will replace separate software applications currently being used for virtual simulation, deformable registration, auto-segmentation and VMAT planning. The system will enable the hospital to implement adaptive therapy, and its fast computation speed will significantly reduce planning time.
Keith Langmack, head of radiotherapy physics at Nottingham City Hospital, said: “RayStation will consolidate the functionality of several different systems, giving us a smooth, integrated workflow. It can support both linacs and TomoTherapy systems and offers outstanding support for adaptive planning and automation. After a thorough evaluation of alternative systems, RayStation clearly had the edge.”
The City Hospital campus is part of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH). Formed in 2006, it is now one of the largest acute trusts in England, employing 14,500 staff. NUH provides services to over 2.5 million residents of Nottingham and its surrounding communities, as well as specialist services to a further 3-4 million people from neighboring counties.
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