tipsRO publishes a special issue on SGRT
tipsRO, the international, open-access journal that brings together technology and patient care in radiation oncology, has recently dedicated a virtual special issue to implementing and practicing surface-guided radiation therapy (SGRT).
The issue which consists of 10 research articles demonstrates the growing interest and usage of SGRT technology across various treatment sites. AlignRT’s SGRT technology was used in 9 out of 10 of the publications listed.
SGRT uses 3D cameras and computer vision to monitor a patient’s surface in real-time and compare it to the ideal position with sub-millimetric accuracy. This technology, pioneered by Vision RT, is now a widespread tool in many clinics for optimal patient positioning and enhancing patient comfort across many different treatment sites.
SGRT has been identified as becoming an integral component to future Radiation Therapy and has the potential to have a large impact on increasing quality and safety. A systematic review of SGRT for breast radiotherapy showed improvements in the accuracy and reproducibility of patient setup and treatment efficiency and shows a good correlation between SGRT setups and radiographic imaging with some departments showing a reduction in imaging. Another research paper published in this special issue showed that the use of SGRT with AlignRT can reduce the number of close patient contacts for lung cancer patients – without compromising setup accuracy.
There are more than 100 peer-reviewed publications reporting studies that involve the use of Vision RT’s technology for SGRT. These span a wide range of indications from brain to breast to sarcoma.
tipsRO is a member of ESTRO’s family of journals publishing research in technical innovations and patient support in radiation oncology.
Vision RT is the inventor of Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT), contact-free technology that uses 3D cameras and computer vision to help ensure radiation therapy is delivered safely to cancer patients. There are more than 1,900 systems installed worldwide.
 Mast, M. and Perryck, S., 2022. Introduction to: Surface Guided Radiotherapy (SGRT). Technical Innovations & Patient Support in Radiation Oncology. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405632422000178
 Naidoo, W., & Leech, M. (2022). Feasibility of surface guided radiotherapy for patient positioning in breast radiotherapy versus conventional tattoo-based setups- a systematic review. Technical Innovations & Patient Support in Radiation Oncology. https://www.tipsro.science/article/S2405-6324(22)00010-5/fulltext
 Blake, N., Pereira, L., Eaton, D., & Dobson, D. (2021). Surface-guided radiotherapy for lung cancer can reduce the number of close patient contacts without compromising initial setup accuracy. Technical Innovations & Patient Support in Radiation Oncology. https://www.tipsro.science/article/S2405-6324(21)00041-X/fulltext