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Varian outline plans for AI-driven Radiotherapy Suite to treat cancer

Cancer care solutions company Varian Medical Systems have published plans for an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven multimodality adaptive radiotherapy treatment suite that incorporates all types of imaging (MR, PET, CT).

Gantry Blu Suite at the Centro di Protonterapia of Trento

During the Users Meeting at the 2018 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting on Sunday, the Palo Alto-based company explained how the AI-driven multimodality suite would provide significant workflow improvements for clinicians and adaptive therapy to every patient even in busy clinics.

Talking to the ASTRO public in San Antonio, Texas, Ed Vertatschitsch, vice president of Global Portfolio Solutions at Varian, said the suite would “fuel the next generation of radiation therapy.

“We are doing this through multimodality imaging available at the console in combination with next-generation AI-driven auto-segmentation and treatment planning”, he said.

“We will make use of state of the art treatment delivery including 17-second high-resolution kV iterative cone-beam CT imaging and our advanced multi-leaf collimator design to enable delivery arcs that require just 30-seconds.”

Vertatschitsch added that Varian is also working to create a solution that facilitates interactions between clinicians and physicians in order to help adapt and monitor patient treatments.

Talking about the state of imaging technology, Chris Toth, president of Varian’s Oncology Systems business, said that “MR, PET, and CT imaging all available at the console and utilisation of AI automation could transform what [clinical partners] can visualise and adapt.

“We want to create a streamlined workflow that increases patient access to adaptive therapy even in the busiest clinics.”

Radiation therapy and imaging are just a part of the increasing use of AI in the healthcare sector. Recent machine learning programs were able to detect specks of lung cancer and heart disease deaths more accurately than doctors, and AI technology has been used earlier this year to slash waiting times in London hospitals.

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