Challenges and Improvements
From the viewpoint of technology, and even more so, of standardisation, manufacturers can bring about a range of improvements to make radiation therapy even better. This holds especially for its most promising domains, particle therapy, including proton and heavy-ion therapy, and boron neutron capture therapy.
With all the advances in modern radiation therapy and the rising number of young innovative manufacturers, the potential for the particle and BNCT treatment domains is significant. But before radiation therapy can fulfil its full clinical and technological promise, it has to improve upon several conditions, among which are:
- costly and complex development and maintenance of radiation therapy devices;
- many radiation therapy systems have an older architecture and provide ;
- “walled gardens” of technology with custom interfaces and protocols that lack standardisation and –
- do not facilitate operability between systems of various manufacturers;
- are of lower overall quality;
- are of higher long-term cost;
- inhibit technological advancements and the implementation of innovations;
Specifications of a Future-proof Treatment Room
Tomorrow’s treatment room must assure several high-level benefits – and fit in most of the existing hospital‘s bunkers. Obviously, patient throughput should be increased, and clinical operations made easier. The hospitals’ total cost of ownership of radiation therapy devices should decrease, and the benefits for medical insurers and society should be maximised.
The treatment room should also be designed as part of an optimised radiation-therapy device architecture, tightly integrated with the beam source.
And, of course, patients should be made to feel even more at ease and enjoy a better experience.
The effectiveness of particle therapy and BNCT can be increased significantly, much more than that of conventional radiation therapy. Namely, PT and BNCT are currently far less standardised than their high-energy photon counterpart and have a more significant potential to be optimised.
The potential gains for clinics, health insurers, patients and disruptive medical device companies can be significant, lowering the total cost of ownership and possibly transforming PT and BNCT into the most economically viable radiation therapy modalities.
Innovative radiation therapy treatment rooms are the junction where all of the patient-facing technological advancements of PR and BNCT can meet – and create a future-proof software and systems solution for clinical efficacy and treatment affordability. These will, in turn, allow patients to enjoy improved treatment and better outcomes!