Philips introduces new MR simulator and CT applications
8 November 2006
Andover, Mass. USA. Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) (AEX:PHI)
announced several advances in its portfolio of oncology solutions at the
48th annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and
Oncology (ASTRO) in Philadelphia. These include the availability of its
Tumor LOC application on the workstation and the introduction of the
Panorama 1.0T R/T — the first high field open MR simulator. The company also
announced new collaborations to advance radiation therapy planning
localization application available on workstation
Until now, Tumor
Localization (Tumor LOC) has only been available to Philips Brilliance CT
Big Bore customers on the console, but with software release 3.5, this
application will be available for purchase on the Extended Brilliance
Workspace (EBW). The added convenience will be particularly beneficial for
Brilliance Big Bore customers with large respiratory correlated workloads.
All of the best-in-class 4D tools found on the console will now be available
on the extended Brilliance Workspace, enhancing workflow efficiency and
flexibility in the radiotherapy department.
Tumor LOC is an application
used in radiation oncology departments for localizing target volumes for
radiation therapy planning. It includes exclusive features for viewing
Respiratory Correlated CT datasets and analyzing motion of target and
surrounding anatomy. When offered together with Remote Reconstruction and
Pulmonary Viewer, it turns the EBW into a high performance 4D oncology
workstation. Advanced 4D tools such as dynamic digitally reconstructed
radiographs (DRR) and digitally composited radiographs (DCR) allow users to
visualize respiratory motion from a beam’s eye view and easily evaluate
multi-phasic volumetric datasets. A more dynamic view helps determine where
a tumor has moved over time and takes into account the depth of the field,
giving a realistic view of the anatomy.
High field open MR simulator
The introduction of the Panorama 1.0T with R/T option builds on Philips
experience in developing the first commercially available MR simulator, the
Panorama 0.23T R/T.
This option of the Panorama 1.0T is dedicated for
radiation oncology and has received FDA clearance. The R/T option includes
an external laser positioning system, an oncology tabletop with indexing,
geometric distortion correction software and specialized imaging protocols.
The open gantry of Panorama 1.0T allows for patient scanning in treatment
position with immobilization devices or supine inclined for breast imaging.
Precise patient alignment is achieved with a flat and rigid oncology table
top modeled after the LINAC table and a set of MR-compatible immobilization
The Panorama 1.0T is the only high field open MR system featuring
high performance whole-body diagnostic imaging capabilities. Diffusion
Weighted whole body Imaging with Background body signal Suppression (DWIBS)
is a new whole-body imaging technique unique to Philips systems and
represents a breakthrough for identifying the presence of lesions without
exposing the patient to radiation or radioactive isotopes.
New collaborations to advance radiation therapy planning
also announcing new collaborations with research and clinical practice
- Philips and the University of Florida are collaborating on the
development of Proton Therapy Planning software, working closely with a
consortium of clinical proton therapy centers to guide the definition
and pre-clinical testing phases of the project. Consortium members
include Massachusetts General Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Paul
Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, and Indiana University’s Midwest
Proton Radiotherapy Institute (MPRI), in addition to the University of
Florida Proton Therapy Institute (UFPTI).
“We are very excited to be working with Philips and the Proton Therapy
Planning Consortium to advance oncology care technology,” said Jatinder
Palta, Ph.D., professor and chief of physics, UFPTI.
- Philips is also collaborating with Toronto Sunnybrook Health
Sciences Centre and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on
research to develop MR simulation and treatment planning software for
greater therapy targeting accuracy in soft tissues such as the brain.
- Philips and RaySearch Medical of Stockholm, Sweden, have signed an
agreement to expand the current IMRT optimization OEM relationship to
focus on new areas such as biologically and image guided adaptive
radiation therapy (ART). “This exciting project ultimately benefits
patients because their treatment plans will be modified based on their
specific reaction to care,” said Keith Tipton, general manager, oncology
systems, for Philips Medical Systems.
- Philips and University Health Network announce a new OEM agreement
to commercialize an electronic radiation therapy plan review and
approval product. This functionality is currently in clinical use at
Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in Toronto, supporting more than 50
Pinnacle3 workstations. The product offers the opportunity for
paper-saving workflow efficiencies to Philips entire worldwide install
base of more than 2,000 Pinnacle3 customers.