Varian, Siemens synch up radiation therapy IT

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Radiation therapy device developer Varian Medical Systems and Siemens Healthcare reported that the two companies will work together using industry standard interfaces to connect Varian's ARIA Oncology Information System and Siemens' syngo Suite for Oncology.

“By collaborating to connect our systems using DICOM, Varian and Siemens can better support customers that use technology from both companies, and these customers can take advantage of more integrated workflows and enhanced interoperability with these solutions to adopt modern, advanced clinical methods quickly and efficiently,” said Corey Zankowski, a senior director of product management at Varian.

While the two companies work toward implementing a DICOM worklist-based communication protocol, Siemens will use Varian's 4D Integrated Treatment Console interface to connect its radiotherapy treatment machines, which include the ARTISTE Solution, and ONCOR and PRIMUS linear accelerators with ARIA.

We are happy that both Siemens and Varian are fully committed to implementing the DICOM standard following the IHE-RO (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise - Radiation Oncology) workflows,” said Holger Schmidt, CEO, Oncology Care Systems, Siemens Healthcare.