Philips on board at ASTRO with product anticipations
Philips Medical Systems demonstrated its works-in-progress advances for radiation oncology at the annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) in Salt Lake City this month.

 Philips showcased research advances for its simulation and planning systems, AcQSim3 and Pinnacle3, including the Monte Carlo, a new dose computation algorithm, and an anatomical modeling feature.

 The anatomical modeling feature is a model-based auto-segmentation that provides clinicians with anatomical templates that can be dragged onto a patient's image data and automatically adapt their shapes to fit the patient's organs.

 "Radiation oncologists spend a significant amount of time at the computer manually drawing the treatment target and other critical structures," said Todd McNutt, Ph.D., director of research and advanced development for Philips Radiation Oncology Systems. "The auto-segmentation feature is designed to automate the manual process with equal accuracy and precision."