• Supports treatment planning for multiple delivery devices
  • Provides confidence for composite Photon - Proton planning in a trusted environment
  • Accelerates time to first clinical treatment with simple commissioning, saving time for clinicians and initiating patient treatments faster

Royal Philips today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Pinnacle³ Proton treatment planning system in the U.S.

Philips’ Pinnacle³ is a recognized treatment planning system for external beam radiotherapy, which provides accuracy and reliability to users independent of the treatment delivery system. The Proton module is fully integrated into the Pinnacle³ planning environment and continues to offer personalized user experience. "The transition for an existing and well-established photon center, to planning protons, is nicely facilitated by the Pinnacle³ system, whether it’s for proton-only planning, or combination planning of photons and protons. This capability has allowed us to confidently choose the best treatment modality for each patient," said Dr. Eric E. Klein, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Washington University in St. Louis, USA.

Designed through extensive clinical collaboration with current proton treatment centers, the Pinnacle³ proton module addresses some of the major challenges faced within proton planning today. The combination of specially designed tools and the seamless integration within Pinnacle³ provides an extensive range of functionalities that include composite proton-photon planning, fast commissioning, and automated contouring and re-planning. These features offer clinicians the chance to select the appropriate treatment options for the patient and do the work quickly through improved workflow.

Features like automated re-planning allow the clinicians to adapt the treatment plans quickly (which, in turn, allow them to change the treatment regime) and take into account the impact of the treatment on the patient’s anatomy, providing more targeted treatments. Without these automation tools, the task remains very laborious and time-consuming; deterring clinicians from developing alternative treatment plans.

“Proton therapy demands even higher standards than traditional EBRT for image quality, accurate planning and integrated workflow. Philips’ ability to integrate multi-modality imaging with planning solutions uniquely positions us to support the needs of proton treatment centers,” said Dr. Susan Wallace, General Manager of Philips Radiation Oncology Systems. “Leading treatment centers from around the

world that are introducing proton therapy treatments, will soon have the ability to maintain the same high standards of accuracy, ease-of-use and workflow efficiency they have had with Pinnacle³ photons. I’m very pleased that we are now able to support these transitions with an integrated proton-photon solution within Pinnacle³.”

The number of centers treating patients with proton therapy is steadily increasing. With the introduction of more cost-effective treatment machines, which are reducing the investment cost of starting a proton center, the number of new programs under development is rising rapidly. Many of these centers see themselves as pioneers that advance the possibilities to provide improved care for cancer patients.

"Proton therapy is the next logical step in the process of technology evolution in external beam radiation therapy,” said Niek Schreuder, Vice President and Chief Medical Physicist of ProVision Health Partners, a long term collaborator with Philips on the Pinnacle³ Proton project. “Moving proton therapy into clinical practice attempts to increase the therapeutic ratio by increasing the dose to the target, while reducing the integral dose and the dose to critical structures. It will provide the radiation therapy community with a highly efficient treatment modality that will reduce the cost of delivering radiation therapy to patients in the very near future."