Nucletron and RaySearch cooperate to develop proton therapy planning
28 November 2006
Veenendaal, The Netherlands
and Stockholm, Sweden. Nucletron BV
and RaySearch Laboratories AB have decided to join forces to develop
leading-edge software for proton therapy planning. The companies have signed
a long-term development and license agreement that will result in a new
proton treatment planning and optimization module that will be fully
integrated in Nucletron's Oncentra MasterPlan software.
research and physics experience in protons dates back from Helax-TMS, one of
the first commercially available treatment planning systems that supported
proton planning. This longstanding proton experience combined with
RaySearch’s extensive expertise in optimization routines and other advanced
software, will lead to the introduction of a proven, unique and vendor
independent MasterPlan proton solution.
“One of the challenges in modern radiotherapy departments is to decide on
what is the best for the individual patient. MasterPlan
is designed to make comparative planning simple and easy for daily clinical
practice. It enables our customers to keep on improving patient care by
choosing the best treatment. By offering proton planning, next to photon,
electron and brachy planning in MasterPlan the treatment potential of each
modality can be captured to the same level of refinement.” says Paul van den
Biggelaar, Business Director Oncentra.
Distributed planning will play a major role in proton treatment delivery.
The unparalleled software design of MasterPlan allows for multi-site
collaborations. Reviewing and comparing treatment plans together with
colleagues from another clinic can be just as easy as working with a
colleague next door. This makes MasterPlan the ideal software package to
solve all distribution problems. In many radiotherapy clinics around the
globe, often hundreds of miles apart, many patients are being treated based
on treatment plans generated with Oncentra MasterPlan. The new proton module
to be developed by RaySearch will seamlessly fit into the distributed
planning philosophy of MasterPlan.
”Nucletron is contributing the background knowledge within the physics of
protons, which is extremely valuable. The demand for new treatment planning
products for protons is increasing rapidly. Among other indications, this
was confirmed at the PTCOG (Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group) proton
conference in Houston,
Texas, in the
US in October this year in which RaySearch
and Nucletron jointly participated and demonstrated a prototype. Several new
clinics for proton therapy are being planned where RaySearch and Nucletron
will participate in the tender process.” says Johan Löf, President and CEO
Oncentra MasterPlan is a platform with software solutions, designed for easy
and intuitive management of the information and data intensive radiotherapy
processes required for multimodality planning and comparison.