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Software, Radiotherapy System, Neutron Beam

Definition : Radiotherapy system software designed to operate neutron beam radiotherapy systems and control/monitor a limited number of the radiotherapy system functions. This software usually interacts with the radiation unit (e.g., a cyclotron), control units, monitors, and recorders; it may also perform a variety of algorithms to facilitate the operation and analysis of the data and images obtained during the procedure. Neutron beam radiotherapy system software is intended to work only with one or a few models of neutron beam radiotherapy systems and related devices, usually supplied by the same manufacturer. This also facilitates the processing and/or sending data from the neutron beam radiotherapy system to and from picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and/or other hospital information systems. The software is not usually available separate from the radiotherapy system but may be updated (i.e., through the release of modified versions) during the life of the equipment. Dedicated neutron beam radiotherapy system software intended for low energy neutron (epithermal) systems to treat tumors in particular areas (e.g., gliomas) and for high-energy neutron systems for deeper tumors (e.g., inoperable sarcomas) is also available.

Entry Terms : "Neutron Beam Radiotherapy System Software"

UMDC code : 26967

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