Presentation at SME’s Transforming the Future Conference; promotes robotics theme and floodlights the automation that enables amazing medical solutions
By Peter Hoffman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Mohr’s presentation is subtitled How Palo Alto-based Varian Medical Systems is fighting cancer by automating radiation therapy equipment. The presentation details the evolution of radiation therapy using robotics and automation. His treatise presents a history of radiation therapy and demonstrates how the use of precision motion and imaging managed by computers has changed the industry.
Survivability is one of the key benefits from automation and robotics in the delivery of radiation therapy. Today’s treatment systems deliver a much more precise dose in a substantially tighter radius around a tumor. This cuts side effects as it improves survivability through precise tumor destruction.
The robotics and automation capabilities of systems like the Varian TrueBeam, pictured, are based on computer-driven motion control.
The TrueBeam, for example, has 150 moving axes:
In keeping with conference theme, Mohr also details how Varian uses the Internet of Things (IoT) to keep the machine reliable via real-time data.