Artificial Intelligence

“AI-supported software gives us more confidence in cancer care”

In Zagreb, a specialist hospital with 100 employees gives cancer patients from all over the region a chance of survival. AI solutions provide valuable support.

Meike Feder
Published on November 27, 2023

If nothing is seen, no treatment is given

Radiation as a surgical procedure

Doing the work of three non-AI-supported doctors

Vanda Leipold checks the organ contouring prepared by AI.

Precision is crucial for patient positioning

JRadiation therapist Jelena Hajredini standing in front of a Varian Edge linac, explains the procedure to a patient.

Jelena Hajredini explains the procedure using the Varian Edge linac system.

The team at Radiochirurgia Zagreb has been treating locally advanced pancreatic cancer with radiosurgery since 2017 using Calypso extracranial tracking from Varian and AlignRT from VisionRT. They undertook a study to evaluate the potential positive impact of local dose escalation during stereotactic ablative radiotherapy using intrafractional fiducial-based motion management on clinical outcomes. This approach resulted in very favorable one-year local tumor control of 100 percent and median overall survival of 24 months, with no grade > 2 toxicities.  The results were published in the journal Cancers in 2022. 

By Meike Feder

Meike Feder is an editor at Siemens Healthineers. She focuses on stories around patient care.