FPT cooperated with Hitachi HealthCare to develop a new cancer treatment system

Proton Beam Therapy (PBT), a cancer treatment system co-developed by Hitachi HealthCare and FPT Software, has been implemented in Osaka’s cancer centre since mid-October. Thanks to this system, patient’s pain and duration of the radiation therapy will be reduced significantly.

On September 15, FPT Japan officially opened the Okinawa Research and Development Center in the southern part of Kyushu to prompt FPT’s growth in Japan.

The PBT system in Osaka’s cancer treatment system consists of 4-axis irradiation and 3 treatment rooms. The software system includes 6 applications, developed by the offshore team of FPT, providing various function such as radiation- and X-ray imaging, CBCT imaging, Positioning Image analysis, Real time tracking maker, and DICOM Server. Among which, the two most difficult techniques requiring the high accuracy are calculating robot arms position to control the patient’s table, match it with the proton-ray tube for exact radiation treatment and the image process function to track the movement of cancer cells based on patient’s breath. These two functions that help to reduce the pain in the treatment process as the ray are shot more accurately, reducing the damage of the nearby cells.

Being responsible for image processing technology, Mr. Tran The Di Luan of FPT shared: “The most difficult part in processing images is not the algorithms but how to reduce processing time and increase the accuracy. The project team has applied the solution of processing algorithms in GPU with CUDA code”. Mr. Pham Khuong Duy of FPT, who is responsible for designing, also shared: “The calculation of robot’s arms position in the most accurate way is not a difficult part. The biggest challenge is the connection and communication between the system’s hardware and software. In order to successfully develop in offshore environment, we have to build a simulated environment similar to the real equipment at the hospital”.

After passing the intense test at the radiation room, on October 16, the first 4 patients were treated with the new system. In this project, FPT Software team did participate in the full life-cycle process from the requirement analysis, designing, coding for the system’s core part to UAT in the test room and radiation test on the real equipment. The success of Osaka project has triggered so many cooperation opportunities between FPT and Hitachi HealthCare. Another big project developing systems for the leading cancer treatment centre in the US will be launched in 2019 on a scale of four times larger than the Osaka project for 2 centres with 6 treatment rooms in each centres.

FPT project team has been so proud of contributing their effort to help cancer patients all over the world. It is expected that more project will be delivered and implemented at hospitals in the future to help fight against cancer globally. This project has been featured on Japanese Media and Hitachi’s site.

Source: FPT Software