– The Swedish Testbed for Innovative Radiotherapy allows us to test innovations in clinical settings faster, simpler and more effectively. Development times are shortened as we see if products actually meet the needs of the healthcare settings, says Jonas Gårding, Director of Research & Physics at Elekta.
The Swedish Testbed is designing a national system for automatic reporting of radiotherapy data to national quality registers. This includes creating the technical conditions for connecting various local and national database systems.
– This will allow studies to be less site-dependent and means we can instead work anywhere in Sweden, says Chief Physician Mattias Hedman, head of the Stockholm node of the Swedish Testbed for Innovative Radiotherapy.
– 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.
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.
– 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.
Tufve Nyholm, project leader within the Testbed, speaks on the subject of a national quality register for radiotherapy during the 2014 National Medical Radiation Physics Conference. The conference takes place on 12-14 November in Vann, outside Lysekil.
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.