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Varian Medical Systems Holds Developer Workshop for Researchers Working on Next Generation Technologies in Radiation Oncology
Date:7/15/2014

virtual linear accelerator (linac) to see the effects of changes in various machine parameters.

"The beauty of using Veritas is that researchers don't have to write any code to interact with the linac.  They can see the code being generated as they give the machine specific instructions," Svatos says.  "People with a great clinical idea should not be hampered by not knowing the language we use to speak to our machines."

Varian has set up several cloud-based online resources, including a repository of tools and technical information that participants will interact with during the workshop. The company will release several new open source research tools at this year's workshop, and plans to conduct a good-naturedly competitive "hack-a-thon" among participants to solve common research problems.  The resulting code will be made available to the developer community for non-clinical research.

"This is really about facilitating translational research in an 'open source' environment," Svatos says.  "The processes and techniques being worked out using our non-clinical research tools are by definition not FDA cleared and cannot be used clinically.  However, if a project really opens up a new horizon, Varian can work from the prototype to quickly put the concept into product development and seek regulatory clearance.  At the same time, we do have one research tool in the Eclipse toolkit that is cleared to operate on a clinical database.  Experts will focus in a panel discussion this year on best practices for using this research tool to mine data that can improve clinical practice." 

Translational Research Group to Make Three Presentations at AAPM

Presentations by Svatos, other Varian colleagues, and research partners during the official AAPM meeting, Svatos and several of her colleagues from Varian's translational research group will cover:

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