January 19, 2016 — The Department of Medical Physics at Vejle Hospital in Denmark has purchased RaySearch Laboratories’ RayStation to increase its radiation therapy treatment planning efficiency and exploit new functionalities, such as scripting and multi-criteria optimization (MCO). The department, which currently operates five linear accelerators (linacs) also has a strong research emphasis on shared decision-making and will be using MCO to this effect.
Vejle Hospital is one of the five hospitals belonging to the large regional Lillebaelt Hospitals chain in the south of Denmark.
Bjarke Mortensen, head of medical physics, technical practice, commented: “Scripting allows us to design efficient and integrated processes in treatment planning based around MCO and adaptive re-planning. Therefore, our highly skilled staff can focus on more complex decisions in treatment planning, while the automation helps to manage some of the routine actions.”
Martin Berg, head of medical physics, clinical practice added: “For shared decision-making, we need a system that can rapidly generate a large number of optimal solutions and present our medical physicists with a highly intuitive interface to explore treatment plan trade-offs. With RayStation MCO, our staff can efficiently navigate the multidimensional space of many feasible dose distributions and identify the best plan for each specific patient, while taking their individual preferences into account. This is very important for both our clinical practice and future research.”
The clinical work in the Department of Medical Physics and Radiotherapy is focused on treatment of patients with lung, breast, prostate and anorectal cancers along with palliative radiotherapy. The department’s clinical focus is on adaptive radiotherapy based on state-of-the-art treatment technology and clinical decision-making that occurs as close as possible to the point of care. The research mission is to learn from every treatment and every patient, so that the department can engage with future patients in a shared decision-making conversation and continuously improve treatment outcomes for each individual.
RayStation integrates all RaySearch’s advanced treatment planning solutions into a flexible treatment planning system. It combines features such as MCO tools with full support for 4-D adaptive radiation therapy. It also includes functionality such as RaySearch’s algorithms for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) optimization and highly accurate dose engines for photon, electron and proton therapy. The system is built on the latest software architecture and has a graphical user interface offering state-of-the-art usability.
For more information: www.raysearchlabs.com