RaySearch is an attractive partner for hospitals and universities that are in the forefront of radiation therapy and want to expand their capabilities. The research version of RayStation is a powerful platform for advanced research projects, thanks to its extensive scripting capabilities.
RaySearch currently has research collaborations with a number of universities and clinics that are leading players in the radiation therapy field. Within these partnerships new functionality can be subjected to clinical testing at an early stage and thereby moved on to a clinical environment more rapidly.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston is one of the foremost cancer clinics in the US. MGH and RaySearch collaborate in the field of multicriteria optimization. MGH has also purchased RayStation and started using the system clinically in 2011.
Princess Margaret Hospital
Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada, is considered one of the world’s foremost cancer clinics and collaborates with RaySearch in the field of adaptive radiation therapy. The clinic has access to considerable resources for measuring the changes in patient geometry, which form the basis for adaptive radiation therapy. Princess Margaret Hospital has also purchased RayStation and is preparing to use the system clinically for adaptive radiation therapy.
Royal Institute of Technology
Together with the Department of Optimization Science and Systems Theory at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, research is conducted into more extensive optimization of radiation therapy in the form of industrial PhD projects. Two PhD students graduated in June 2013 and two new PhD students started in September 2013.
Artforce is an EU-funded project involving about ten clinics and companies. Research is conducted into adaptive radiation therapy, biological models and functional imaging using PET (positron emission tomography), and combinations with chemotherapy. The project was launched in March 2012 and will continue for at least five years.
Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are developing a new linac concept. Through the flexible scripting and research interfaces of RayStation, Stanford University and RaySearch explore the capabilities of this new linac and different planning options for it.