The new radiotherapy treatment planning tool is intended to reduce the amount of time needed for planning advanced treatments.

Varian Medical Systems Clinical Solutions director Jefferson Amacker said to create a customized treatment plan, a physician must take the patient’s anatomical images and identify and outline the tumor and nearby organs in a process called contouring.

”This is critical when specifying what is to be irradiated or protected during radiotherapy treatments. Traditionally, contouring has been a time-consuming process,” Amacker added.

Varian has combined two techniques in Smart Segmentation Knowledge Based Contouring (Smart Segmentation KBC) to accomplish the contouring process more quickly.

Smart Segmentation KBC, used along with Varian’s Eclipse treatment planning system, will create treatment plans for external beam or for brachytherapy treatments.