Researchers in the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology have developed a novel means to remotely visualize a radiotherapy treatment room in real-time via 3D camera technology.
Radiotherapy is widely used to treat many cancers. The workflow for performing radiotherapy includes patient positioning in the intended treatment position. Frequently radiation therapists will consult with other experts (e.g. radiation oncologists, dosimetrists, or medical physicists) regarding patient position; however, in rural settings and developing countries, these experts may not be readily accessible to the radiation therapists. One potential solution would be to utilize remotely located experts to assist with these consultations. In order to do so, remote experts would need to visualize the patient position and general setup of the treatment room.
This invention allows for remote, real-time visualization of a radiotherapy room via a multi-3D camera framework. While other groups have utilized 3D visualization frameworks for training, planning and treatment simulation, Dr. Santhanam and colleagues provide the first demonstration of feasibility for using 3D visualization in the treatment room. This invention is a real-time, multi-3D camera-based imaging system that provides real-time 3D images of patient position at resolutions necessary for effective visualization.
Feasibility of remote, real-time visualization of 3D images was demonstrated at UCLA (see publication).
remote visualization, radiotherapy, 3D monitoring, patient positioning, client-server architecture