From the abstract, in Physics in Medicine and Biology: “Knowledge of what dose-volume histograms can be expected for a previously unseen patient could increase consistency and quality in radiotherapy treatment planning.”
Twelve of Sweden’s 15 radiotherapy clinics have begun to implement the new standardized Swedish nomenclature for external radiotherapy. Eight clinics have already fully implemented the nomenclature. A common nomenclature is a prerequisite for generating comparable national data.
Currently, the radiation dose in radiotherapy is often calculated based on CT imaging. Such images provide a good understanding of how well the radiation dose is absorbed by the body. But what happens when only MRI images are available, which do not provide that particular information? One approach may be to find a substitute for CT.
The Swedish Testbed solution for comparable radiotherapy data – quality registry and national database solution for the entire country – was presented on a poster and in an abstract at the ESTRO* Forum in Barcelona April 24-28.
Oncologists, radiologists and physicists – registration is now open for the 3rd international symposium on MR in radiotherapy, MRinRT, in Lund (Sweden) 16-17 of June. The 2nd MRinRT was arranged in Saint Louis and had around 120 participants from North America, Europe and Australia.
A new report from the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SMM) states that the implementation of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in modern radiotherapy holds great promise for the future. There are many functional MR-methods available and their working potential is immense.
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.
Papers on MRI in radiotherapy, published in 2013.
Business Sweden arranges an event on Swedish radiotherapy at the Swedish embassy in Paris 3 december. The Swedish Testbed for Innovative Radiotherapy will be there along with representatives from leading Swedish radiotherapy companies.
Participating kompanis from the testbed: Elekta, Micropos och Scandidos.