– We would obviously like to have all Swedish hospitals involved – university and county hospitals. It is a way of using the expertise around the country, as we master different fields, says Principal Project Manager of the Swedish Testbed Björn Zackrisson.
– Using an integrated PET/MR camera we can make more efficient and faster diagnoses. It also helps us select the right therapy and quickly assess the effects of the treatment, says Håkan Ahlström at Uppsala University Hospital.
The first PET/MR camera is now being introduced at the Cancer Centre at the University Hospital of Umeå. This marks an important addition to the testing environment and provides new opportunities for developing personalised cancer treatment.
The work on creating uniform national radiation therapy data was presented by medical physicist Anders Montelius from Uppsala University Hospital. At Elekta’s user meeting for the Nordic and Baltic countries.
– The patient questionnaire allowed us to test under pressure how the testbed was organised and people collaborated well. There are good contact persons on each hospital, namely the nurses doing the coordinating.
There is now a standardised Swedish nomenclature for radiotherapy. It provides the healthcare sector, researchers and companies with a common language. Uniform and comparable national data is thus created.
A survey is being developed to involve cancer patients in the process of improving the care provided during radiotherapy. The patient is involved in evaluating innovations.
It is important to measure and check all geometric distortions in the MRI images that are to be used as a basis for radiotherapy. “Quality control phantoms” are often used to study such distortions
The testbed develops new methods for evaluating patient position and immobilization during radiotherapy treatment.
How can MRI-physicists and radiotherapy physicists work together? That was the focus on the or educational meeting that opened this year’s national meeting for medical physicists 12 November. Representatives from the two professions educate, inspired and challenged each other.