– 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.
– Use of MRI in radiotherapy is attracting interest. Two national projects has made Sweden a leading nation in this field – the Swedish Testbed for Innovative Radiotherapy and Gentle Radiotherapy.
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 Swedish Testbed for Innovative Radiotherapy is developing a system for the automatic transfer of information on how patients are treated with radiotherapy to a database that can be linked to diagnosis-specific quality registers.
Papers on MRI in radiotherapy, published in 2013.
In the testbed, products, services and organisational solutions are evaluated in all phases of development. The tests can be more or less extensive, with or without patients.
The Swedish testbed’s workshop on MRI in radiotherapy was soon fully booked. The around one hundred participants are proof that there is great interest in the subject among doctors, nurses, physicians and technicians working with radiotherapy.
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.