Still River Systems has selected Real-Time Innovations’ (RTI) Data Distribution Service software for the Monarch250 proton beam radiotherapy (PBRT) system, which is under development for use by physicians and their patients at cancer centers around the world.
The proton therapy systems have been shown to tailor high-energy doses to attack cancerous tumors while minimizing damage to adjacent tissue, whereas conventional cancer treatment using high-energy x-rays affect tissue along the x-ray beam path.
Still River will provide a cost-efficient PBRT system that fits in a single radiation therapy bunker room once the Monarch250 is cleared by Food and Drug Administration (FDA), whereas other PBRT systems cost $100m or more and can require the space of a football field.
Still River uses RTI Data Distribution Service as the coordinating data-bus between the Monarch250’s programmable logic controllers (PLCs) used for motion control, and the rest of the system, which includes monitoring, delivery and display technology.
Stanley Rosenthal, VP of clinical systems at Still River Systems, said: “Still River chose RTI for data distribution and system control because RTI provides a fully featured solution that complies with the Data Distribution Service standard.
Stan Schneider, CEO of RTI, said: We are delighted that Still River is using RTI software in a system that will directly improve the lives of people suffering from cancer.
Real-Time Innovations (RTI) provides high-performance messaging and integration infrastructure for distributed real-time applications. RTI is the leader in the rapidly growing market for Data Distribution Service (DDS) compliant middleware.