Throughout history, the world's problems have been solved by people working together for a common goal. Cancer is no different. Treatment is moving forward at a rapid pace; every day there are significant new developments that improve outcomes and make life better for patients around the world. But the fact is that no one can do it alone. The greatest innovations come from collaboration, when clinics, universities and industry share knowledge, inspire each other and form partnerships to find new possibilities. RaySearch is committed to collaboration and knowledge sharing. We work with clinics, manufacturers, technology companies and cross-industry groups to do the best we can to conquer cancer. By working on different aspects and sharing what we know, we can make it happen. We make a firm commitment to our partners, which includes a promise to ensure ongoing compatibility, for example by supporting hardware developments and new features into the future.
University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
UMCG was the first hospital in the Netherlands to provide proton radiation therapy in addition to advanced photon irradiation techniques. The new proton center is equipped with IBA’s ProteusPLUS two-gantry room configuration, including pencil beam scanning and cone beam CT capabilities. UMCG was the first clinic to join the RayCare partnership in 2015 and helped to lay the foundation for RayCare.
The University of California, San Fransisco (UCSF)
UCSF became a RayCare partner in 2016. RayCare will support complex procedures and analyses at UCSF that are out of reach with current information management systems. An aim of the partnership is to develop a comprehensive approach to data infrastructure for clinical decision support. RayCare will enable UCSF to optimize resources and personalize patient care.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison became a RayCare partner in 2017. RayCare will support the department’s strong multidisciplinary approach to cancer care and its focus on cutting-edge techniques. The University, which has long tradition of radiation therapy treatment, has also implemented RayStation as its treatment planning system.
Provision, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, became a RayCare partner in 2017. Provision was formed in 2005 with the aim of developing innovative healthcare solutions. In 2014, the Provision Cares Proton Therapy Center, Knoxville, became the first center in the world to use RayStation for clinical proton treatments. In 2018, the center started to use RayCare clinically and is the first center to only use RaySearch software. The Provision team continues to push the frontiers of radiation therapy.
The Iridium Cancer Network is a close collaboration between all seven hospitals in Antwerp, Belgium. The network shares a radiation therapy department. Iridium Cancer Network became a RayCare partner in December 2015 and became the first to use RayCare clinically to manage its treatment planning workflows, just two months after the clinical release of the system.
Heidelberg and Marburg, Germany
HIT and MIT in Germany are both operational with proton and carbon ion therapy. RayStation was selected jointly by clinicians and researchers at HIT, MIT, Heidelberg University Hospital and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), and the system will be used across the four centers. RaySearch will develop support for helium ion planning* in RayStation and the new functionality will be validated jointly with HIT. Heidelberg University Hospital became a RayCare partner in 2018.
*Subject to regulatory clearance in some markets.
University Health Network
RaySearch has a successful and longstanding relationship with University Health Network’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada. In July 2018, we also joined forces to further develop RayCare. Princess Margaret is one of the largest comprehensive cancer treatment facilities in the world. The center recently made a major expansion of its RayStation platform and is on the way to being one of the biggest RayStation installations in the world.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC)
MDACC and RaySearch formed a strategic alliance in February 2018 to create a new standard of care in radiation therapy by building new software components, enabling adaptive radiation therapy on a larger scale. We will focus on integrating advanced imaging into the treatment planning process to improve definition of tumor targets. The combination of RayCare and RayStation will provide a novel opportunity for more personalized treatment.