Research and Development
We have always focused our resources on developing and consolidating new technologies arising from the frontier research of radiation physics applied to medicine.
Scientific collaborations with centers of excellence and a continued investment in research projects have allowed us to expand our expertise and extend the offered solutions to various sectors from radiotherapy, to medical physics, to nuclear medicine and radiology.
The recent entry of De.tec.tor into the group of Tecnologie Avanzate T.A. has allowed us responding to specific customer needs, that market fails to satisfy. The continuous training, curiosity and dynamism, in a business world that always demands for more flexibility, permits us to have the necessary skills to create new tools based on specific needs coming not only from the medical sector but also from the agri- food, automotive, metallurgical sector, recycling, etc.
Solutions for Autoplanning
In collaboration with Politecnico di Torino and Università degli Studi di Torino we are developing an automatic planning solution for treatment plans in radiation therapy. With version 3.0 we focused on reduced computational times, while with version 4.0 we introduced the personalization of the treatment plan with an additional reduction in computational times.
ALGORITHMS FOR CONTOURING AND ANALYSIS
In addition to manual segmentation tools, we developed and implemented in iTA PACS innovative semi-automatic and automatic segmentation algorithms that act on single modality and multi-modality images. In particular, for the semi-automated contouring algorithm for PET images, we co-funded an Italian multicenter study to assess the robustness and reliability of the algorithm implemented in iTA PACS. During the project, an automatic speed of sound aberration correction algorithm of 3DUS images co-registered with CT images was also developed.
APP FOR RADIATION THERAPY TECHNICIANS
We developed iTA Tech, an application to support radiation therapy technicians in patient positioning. The aim of the app is to ensure the correct application of all procedures, thus increasing the level of patient safety.
BIGDATA AND RADIOMICS
The last few years have seen a growing interest in Radiomics, a “new science in oncology” that integrates radiological data with the clinical data coming from the different actors of the multidisciplinary tumor board. Through the processing of a huge amount of data, Radiomics aims at developing a diagnostic and predictive model for a personalized medicine that aims for the best treatment for each patient. We wanted to give a prompt response to users also in this frontier field, offering a cutting-edge product and our support for innovative research projects focused on quantitative imaging as a support for clinical decisions. HealthMyne® software fits into this context by providing tools that optimize the workflow, increase the confidence and the accuracy of the diagnosis, and populate a database with the referenced radiomic features extracted from the delineated volumes of interest for clinical and research purposes.
PACS for RT and NM
Thanks to a project co-financed under POR FESR 2007-2013 Friuli Venezia Giulia, we have developed iTA PACS, a PACS for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine departments. It allows you to easily automate the flow of data both between different departments of the same center and between different centers. iTA PACS allows for the visualization of multimodal images, the monitoring of structures and dose distributions, the calculation and display of the DVHs, and the generation of reports.
Evaluation and comparison of RT plans
Tools and algorithms for the evaluation and comparison of RT treatment plans were implemented into iTA PACS. The project was co-financed by Friuli Venezia Giulia under the POR FESR 2014-2020 program.
In order to have access to RT objects and images in a simple and reliable way, we developed some DICOM viewers that allow simplifying and speed up communication between doctors.
RADIATION DOSE MONITORING SOFTWARE
We developed an entry level software for monitoring, managing and archiving the dose administered to a patient during the main diagnostic exams for example: CT (also SPECT- CT), Mammography, Mammography with Tomosynthesis, traditional X-ray, Angiography, etc. It is a practical and simple product that fully complies with the European Directive 2013/59 / EURATOM. We can design and carry out ad hoc projects according to customer needs.
In recent years, we have focused many resources on projects dedicated to breast imaging. In collaboration with Dipartimento ad Attività Integrata di Diagnostica per Immagini dell’Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Integrata di Trieste, DataMind S.r.l. e G-Squared S.r.l., we developed algorithms and tools for the analysis and comparison of 3D images of the breast. The projects were co-financed by the Friuli Venezia Giulia region under two funding programs PAR FSC 2007-2013 and POR FESR 2014-2020. In collaboration with Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata di Verona, Politecnico di Torino and Università degli Studi di Trieste – Dipartimento di Fisica we studied and developed methods for the automatic contouring of lesions on breast MRI images. Both projects are still ongoing.
Bone Strain Index
We are developing the Bone Strain Index software. Starting from specific loading conditions for each patient, the software allows the automatic calculation of strain and stress to which a specific bone segment is subjected. Bone Strain Index is based on finite element calculation algorithms usually used in engineering applications.