Siemens Healthineers is launching the world’s first computed tomography (CT) system that is specifically designed for radiotherapy. Known as the Somatom Confidence RT Pro, the system enables doctors to adapt tumor treatments to the needs of each patient. The new system focuses on the interface between radiologists and radiotherapy physicists, who jointly plan a patient’s treatment. Although both of these professions use the same CT images, the physicists require certain parameters that CT data previously lacked.
That’s because radiologists use default CT settings to prevent errors from occurring when this information is transferred by hand. However, for some patients, such as children or elderly and obese people, other settings would generate images that more clearly demarcate organs and tumors. In response, Siemens has developed an algorithm that calculates the data that is relevant for physicists for every CT image.
Thanks to this development, the Somatom Confidence RT Pro enables doctors to provide patients with personalized treatment that is also very secure against errors. Siemens decided to design a CT system that is designed specifically for radiotherapy, because the number of cancer patients and thus the frequency of radiation treatment is expected to grow as a result of demographic trends. The device has already been successfully tested by several customers.