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A COMPREHENSIVE TOOLBOX FOR PHYSICIANS

Everything you need to efficiently represent the patient anatomy and easily compare and approve plans.

Segmentation the way it should be

RayPlan gives you fast and user-friendly tools to efficiently and accurately contour the patient in the treatment planning process. The comprehensive toolset includes manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic contouring tools. Discover some of our customers’ favorite tools below.

Smart brush and smart interpolation 
The image-guided smart brush and smart interpolation tools facilitate contouring by snapping to image features. They can help delineate organs and targets using only a few contours. See the video to the right.

Structure templates
These allow you to create ROIs with predefined name, type, and color, allowing for consistently labeled structure sets according to the clinic’s protocol. Structure templates may also include geometries with density overrides for quick retrieval of support structures.

ROI algebra 
With ROI algebra, you can create derived ROIs using Boolean expressions and margins. A derived ROI remembers its expression and will automatically detect when it needs to be updated. Derived ROIs also goes into structure templates, saving you the time of specifying complex expressions. See the video to the right.

Model-based segmentation
Model-based segmentation (MBS) delineates organs automatically using statistical shape models for different body sites. The adaptation to new image data utilizes a combination of greyscale gradients and shape statistics.

Smart brush and smart interpolation

ROI algebra

Multi-atlas-based segmentation

Multi-atlas-based segmentation (MABS) lets you use multiple atlas templates to automatically contour the patient. It’s fast and easy to build your own atlas templates with both anatomical and derived structures. Multiple atlases can also be fused for increased accuracy.

RayPlan uses proprietary deformable registration algorithms to propagate contours from multiple datasets to the anatomy you wish to contour. Advanced automation makes the process fast, accurate and simple.

Advantages

  • Achieve a high degree of automation and consistency
  • Create your own templates for optimal accuracy
  • More robust than single-atlas approach

How it works
Existing data from the clinic database is used to create atlases, which are templates with multiple image sets. The geometries contained in each atlas can be manually contoured or generated using MBS.

New image data is segmented by locating the best-matching atlases through rigid image registration. For all matching atlases, a deformable registration is computed and the structures are deformed onto the new image set.

Segmentation results are merged to one result using a fusion algorithm. If MBS regions of interest are available in the template, they may be automatically adapted.

How MABS works

Centre Oscar Lambret, Lille

“Automatic segmentation is a useful tool for handling the technical complexity of head-and-neck IMRT, as well as the daily management of an important patient flow. We will soon begin using multi-atlas-based segmentation in our clinical routine for lymph node delineation.”

Xavier Liem

Radiation Oncologist, Centre Oscar Lambret, Lille, France

Royal Marsden Hospital, UK

The UK’s Royal Marsden Hospital carried out an assessment of fully automated atlas-based segmentation for a novel oral mucosal surface organ-at-risk. The center found negligible differences when comparing results for manual and fully automated segmentation, concluding that atlas-based segmentation is a suitable approach for this application.

Royal Marsden Hospital

NHS Foundation Trust

Vejle Hospital, Denmark

“With more complex RT, delineation of organs at risk (OAR) has become a mandatory but also very time-consuming task for highly skilled staff. Multi-atlas segmentation in RayStation is a highly promising approach that can minimize the human resources needed for delineating OAR.” 

Martin Berg

Head of Medical Physics Clinical Practice, Vejle Hospital, Denmark

Plan evaluation

Physicians can easily evaluate, compare and approve treatment plans.

The module is a comprehensive toolbox for evaluation and comparison of treatment plans and plan approval. From a number of predefined layouts, dose distribution, dose statistics, clinical goals and dose volume histograms of up to three different plans can be simultaneously compared. Dose can directly be computed on additional image sets and summed up using the deformable registration provided in rayDeformable. For evaluation of robustness dose can also be computed for a density perturbation or isocenter shift.

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