Proton Therapy Software

PT Software - Why do RT and PT machines differ so much in control-room design?

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This is the second article in the blog series "Developing great software for particle therapy systems". Particle therapy (PT) machines are highly complex, and their integration is often broadly underestimated by new engineers entering the PT field. The software connects all the subsystems and machine parts in a functioning and cohesive totality which goal is to treat patients quickly and effectively. Although conventional radiotherapy (RT) is developmentally more mature than PT, their workflows are similar.
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PT Software - The importance of subsystems integration for machine performance

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This is the first article in the blog series "Developing great software for particle therapy systems". At Cosylab, we often stress that particle therapy machines are highly complex, and their integration is heavily underestimated. Engineers should take special care to thoughtfully design and develop software that has such a significant impact. The software connects all the subsystems and machine parts in a cohesive and functioning entirety that should treat patients quickly and effectively. Nevertheless, software's critical role is often overlooked and underestimated, for example, in integration and workflows.
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A LINAC Control System for BNCT in an Agile Fashion

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The design and development of medical-systems software, especially for cancer therapy, is one of the most challenging. It demands particular expertise but must still deliver a solution in time and within budget.
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Slovenia's Female Engineer of the Year Works in Proton Therapy Development

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Jasna Hengovič studied Mathematics at the University of Ljubljana and now works at Cosylab as a software developer and project leader in Cosylab implementing proton therapy (PT) solutions. The latter is an irradiation treatment method for cancer that is less harmful than classical radiotherapy with X-rays.

The RAPTOR Project – How to Create a Real-time Tumour-eating PT Beast

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RAPTOR stands for Real-time Adaptive Particle Therapy Of Cancer and is a groundbreaking and multidisciplinary project funded by the European Union.

C-TCS with Integrated Imaging – A Step Closer to Adaptive Treatment

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Cosylab started its development engineering path in medical radiotherapy (RT) by fashioning control systems for the accelerators inside proton therapy machines. Today, we offer the entire software stack to manage the RT treatment process, from top to bottom. Cosylab is paving the path to next-generation radiation-therapy treatments by combining various treatment workflow pieces into a complete, hardware-agnostic platform to manage the entire single session workflow. The latest release of our treatment control system, C-TCS 3.0, brings to market a built-in imaging acquisition and registration module (C-IMG). The latter allows users to perform in-room imaging and is seamlessly integrated into a set of highly optimized treatment workflows, based on clinical users’ experience from photon, proton, and carbon therapy centres worldwide.

Next-generation Dose Delivery System for Particle Therapy

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The last few years have been quite busy for the Cosylab – MedAustron team concerning innovation in particle therapy and beam scanning! The two companies have been co-developing a novel and standards-compliant dose delivery system called the C-DDS. At the MedAustron ion-beam therapy synchrotron, the system will be responsible for accurately and safely delivering the prescribed radiation dose by controlling and monitoring, in real-time, all clinically relevant parameters of the scanned particle beam.
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Quality Assurance for AI Software and Machine Learning

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The time when artificial intelligence (AI) was limited to labs and research groups is long gone. Its widespread presence in the internet-related industry (search engines, social networks, e-commerce) is now obvious to practically everyone, and we can no longer imagine the IT world without it. Today, the application of AI has spread to all kinds of industries, including those where reliability and safety are critical, and where strict regulations apply. And since quality assurance (QA) is an essential contributor to safety, it has become necessary to develop QA and regulatory frameworks for higher risk AI applications.

When SCADA is the Right Solution

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Throughout Cosylab’s past work of developing supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solutions, we’ve noticed a lack of understanding of the SCADA role in a system when we are asked to provide a SCADA solution. This lack of understanding poses a risk when it comes to whether our customers will find our solution useful for their work in the end or not. Since it is in our best interests to provide useful solutions to our customers and since this is also what we strive for, I’ve decided to share what I see as a role of a SCADA. In the case when a SCADA is really the right solution for the given problem, then I list the questions that need to be asked to design a SCADA solution that will be useful. My ultimate aim is to bring clarity to those thinking about whether they need a SCADA or not.

How the Patient Safety System Contributes to High Availability at MedAustron

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We explore how a well-constructed patient safety system is able to integrate tightly with a Dose Delivery System and how it contributes to an overall High Availability system. High Availability is an important success factor in the exploitation of capital-intensive medical facilities, such as particle therapy.