Checking in with GE Healthcare at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting in Philadelphia, the company has now put into production many of the works-in-progress systems it had on display last year, said Paul Anderson, oncology manager.
One of the company’s core tools in radiation oncology is the LightSpeed RT16 , a 16-slice wide bore CT system for imaging in radiation therapy. Use of the technology gives clinicians the ability to see a patient’s entire anatomy in 4D in great detail. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has installed the first of these systems in the U.S., GE said.
The LightSpeed RT16 includes the company’s AdvantageSim MD for radiation therapy planning. The simulation and localization software gives doctors exact data for localization of targets prior to treatment. The software also integrates 4D data into the planning process and provides multi-modality/multi-phase simulation towards the use of the latest treatment methods such as IMRT and IGRT.
GE also emphasized its technology partnership with Varian Medical Systems which has gone on for six years and has been successful because the company’s technologies have virtually no overlap, with one specializing in imaging technologies and the other in advanced treatment options, Anderson said.
On display were some works-in-progress technologies that Varian and GE are jointly working on with the general goal of putting imaging technology in front of treatment planning software – but within one unified system. One such in-progress effort unifies technology to:
- Provide single session multi-modality and 4D planning;
- Streamline the planning process;
- Provide a comprehensive suite of treatment tools; and
- Allow for imaging throughout treatment and follow-up.
When visiting GE next year at ASTRO, we’ll see if this system is on store shelves as well, so to speak.