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The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is the first Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the UK to sign up for the very latest version of a powerful simulated Radiotherapy Treatment Planning System (RTPS), which has been futureproofed.
The RTPS uses specialist software called 'Eclipse', developed by Varian Medical Systems, which more than 50% of clinical radiotherapy sites in the UK use to create treatment plans for patients who have cancer.
Robin Jhagra, Senior Lecturer in Radiotherapy and Oncology at UWE Bristol, explains, “Treatment planning is integral to radiotherapy and now involves really sophisticated technology that is able to transfer information from CT, MRI and PET scans, to accurately pinpoint the precise areas that need targeted external beam radiotherapy or internal brachytherapy. Students will be able to produce simple or complex treatment plans for administering appropriate treatment to patients with cancer tumours under simulated conditions.
“It is important to clarify that radiotherapy planning is not about booking in appointments – it is about mapping radiation beams accurately before radiotherapy treatment is delivered to patients over a period of time, in order to target the tumour and spare healthy surrounding tissue wherever possible. This system is the latest version available on the international market and the technology has the capability of delivering highly quality specialised on-site training to students. The system is also suitable for distance learning because it allows treatment plans and imaging data to be remotely accessible anywhere in the country, as long as the student has an internet connection
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Source: University of West of England