The certification of a PT facility is a documentation intensive process and while EBG MedAustron was responsible for the overall facility-wide medical certification, Cosylab delivered all the necessary documentation for as the Patient Interlock System. These documents could then be incorporated directly into the overall system documentation technical file without the need to adapt it. This was only possible because the teams agreed up-front that Cosylab would follow the applicable processes and use the correct document templates.
Measurable Benefit of High Beam Availability
As the Patient Interlock System interfaces to 13 external systems, it is vital that is reliable, i.e. safely and by avoiding avoidable false positives, because these reduce system uptime and disrupt workflows. The focus on high reliability of the system was strong. Everything was thoroughly tested in a validated simulation environment before deployment.
This meant that there were no defects during commissioning which reduced commissioning time. Following certification, the system was put into production and since then, no defects that would deteriorate the operation of the facility have been observed.
After receiving an exemplary Patient Interlock System, EBG MedAustron decided also to upgrade its Dose Delivery System. For the latter, it contracted Cosylab to integrate a cutting-edge solution into their PT facility for all the therapy rooms. The new solution increased the dose rate by a factor of ten, and its essence lives on today in the core of Cosylab’s product, ScanOne, from the OncologyOne suite of radiation therapy software.