Morphormics Inc., a start-up company out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has partnered with Accuray Incorporated, a manufacturer of robotic radiosurgery systems, to provide its autocontouring technology component for volumetric image targeting of prostate. The Accuray CyberKnife system (shown above) can operate on tumors anywhere in the body with sub-millimeter accuracy.
Morphormics’ autocontouring technology automatically identifies and draws the boundaries of the prostate and surrounding critical structures, enabling the treatment planning software to focus radiation on the prostate itself and minimize dose delivery to the structures around it.
Traditional radiation planning for prostate cancer relies on manually plotting the radiation field based on CT images. Larger treatment margins are required to ensure adequate prostate coverage but this increases the risks of complications for the regions’ surrounding structures, such as the rectum, bladder, and urethra.
To understand how the Morphormics autosegmentation is performed, check out all the details at the Morphormics technology page…
Accuray press release: Accuray Licenses Technology from Morphormics for Prostate Cancer Treatment Planning
Side image: Rendering of a volume identified by the algorithm as the prostate.
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