Iridium Network has strongly contributed to the development of RayCare and in February 2018 it became the first hospital in the world to clinically use RayCare, only two months after the release of the system. At present, both RayStation®* and RayCare are clinically implemented in the treatment of all stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) as well as radiosurgical (SRS) treatments. Now, the aim is to further streamline the workflow to eventually be able to manage all clinical activities, for all types of cancers and at all their clinics, with RayCare. Achieving this level of standardization and automation represents a milestone in the partnership between RaySearch and Iridium Network and in healthcare for the larger Antwerp region.
RaySearch and Iridium Network also have a close collaboration on machine learning, creating and validating segmentation and planning models. This project has been very successful and will be further extended the coming years to an increased level of automation with machine learning for the majority of treatment sites.
Prof. dr. Dirk Verellen, Iridium Network, says: “The clinical workflow in radiation oncology is becoming increasingly complex with the introduction of personalized and adaptive treatments. Standardization and automation are key features in ensuring patient safety and quality assurance in this continuous and fast evolving environment. RaySearch is the ideal partner to co-ordinate and monitor our clinical carepaths throughout the network and provide access to state-of-the-art radiation oncology for every patient in the larger region of Antwerp.”
Prof. dr. Piet Dirix, Iridium Network, says: “Cancer cases are expected to surge between now and 2030, with a projected increase of at least 30 percent in new diagnoses worldwide. As up to two thirds of all cancer patients require radiation therapy in the course of their disease, we are preparing to treat many more patients without necessarily having more resources available. Our clinical experience with RayStation and RayCare has taught us that we can treat our patients more safely, more accurately and more effeciently with those systems working in tandem. Therefore, we believe we can treat our increasing patient numbers with our current resources through these smart software innovations.”
Johan Löf, founder and CEO, RaySearch, says: “This long-term commitment by Iridium Network signals their trust in RayCare as an innovative oncology information system contributing to safe and efficient cancer care. The clinical expertise and high engagement of Iridium Network has been instrumental in developing RayCare, and we look forward to reaching the important milestone of connecting RayCare to the Varian TrueBeam®** linacs at Iridium.”