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The new VoLO solution features high-speed parallel processing for both dose calculation and optimization, based on Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) technology - a "first" for radiation oncology treatment planning. In addition, VoLO represents the first use of a new Non-Voxel Broad Beam (NVBB) calculation algorithm that takes advantage of both the GPU's unparalleled speed and the TomoTherapy Systems unique beamlet radiation delivery system to develop dose distributions from the perspective of each beamlet (up to tens of thousands in any given plan) as they pass through the patient's body. VoLO technology empowers clinicians to create highly personalized treatment plans in less time with greater flexibility, increasing the efficiency of the radiation oncology staff. The technology enhancements provide physicists and dosimetrists with the tools needed to work interactively and in real time to develop the best intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment plans for even the most complex cases.
"GPU technology is finding application in a variety of scientific disciplines and is well suited for radiotherapy. GPU computing helps facilitate treatment planning for computationally demanding applications by allowing our physicists and dosimetrists to develop plans in less time, thereby increasing the department's overall throughput and maximizing our clinical resources," said David Westerly, Assistant Professor in the department of Radiation Oncology at the
"With VoLO, clinicians are able to create optimal patient treatment plans more efficiently, a development that will further improve patient care and allow for more patients to benefit from TomoTherapy treatments," said
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