March 2014

VERT helps the IPEM to showcase radiotherapy.

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Vertual were approached by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

 (IPEM) to loan a portable VERT system for the annual Big Bang event in Nottingham.  The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. Everything done is aimed at showing young people (primarily aged 7-19) just how many exciting and rewarding opportunities there are out there for them with the right experience and qualifications. Delegates were able to see the Linac and even move the Linac with the real hand pendant controls.

  “Reaching out to young people and making them aware of the work of Medical Physicists, Clinical Engineers and Technologists is an important role, and a key part of IPEM’s charitable objectives.  The UK Science community needs to enthuse school children about science in general and especially the benefits to patients, and the potential for satisfying and worthwhile careers.

Thanks to your generous equipment loan we were able to provide a fantastic activity and I am sure that this contributed to the fact that the IPEM stand was always busy and well attended.

The participants really enjoyed the 3D radiotherapy treatment simulation and asked lots of questions - a great success” said Eva McClean, IPEM Communications and Development Manager.

February 2014

Mayo Clinic School of Health Professions installs VERT for students on the radiation therapy program.

 

An Immersive VERT system with rear projection and a high resolution projector is installed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The system using the 1920 x 1200 resolution WU7 projector from Christie-digital is the 11th system to be installed in the United States. The system will enable the students at the Mayo Clinic School of health professions to learn in a highly visual and engaging way.

January 2014

2nd VERT System installed at Erlangen University Hospital

 The second system to be installed in Germany, a Seminar VERT system was installed at the University Klinikum in Erlangen in January 2014. The students will have access to virtual simulation software and the VERT, virtual linac system as part of their training program. 

 

Grand Opening of the Lette-Verein VERT system, the first in Germany

 

On January 22, 2014 the Senator for Economics, Cornelia Yzer was the guest of honour at the ceremonial opening of the public reference centre for radiation therapy in the LETTE-Verein Berlin.

This is the first installation of VERT in Germany and will be used as a centrepiece of this centre for the student training.  

At the ceremony presenters were: Petra Madyda, Director of the LETTE- Verein, Frank Sandmann, responsible for Public Relations and other Representatives of the MTA-school.
Representatives from Vertual Ltd, the UK based supplier of VERT and from Medincura GmbH the local distribution partner were present for the special occasion.

Students in their sixth semester of training demonstrated the VERT System and the Senator Cornelia Yzer was offered an opportunity to operate the hand pendant controller and to deliver a treatment.”

December 2013

First System Installation in France

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In partnership with Technologie et Développement our French distribution partner Vertual are pleased to announce the first system to be installed in France.  The system is an Immersive VERT system with rear projection. 

As a part of the CEA (French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission), the National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN) is a higher education institution under the joint supervision of the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and the Ministry in charge of Industry. 

The INSTN’s mission is to disseminate the knowledge and know-how developed at the CEA. It has been created in 1956, when France decided to launch a nuclear programme, for providing engineers and researchers with high scientific and technological qualifications in all disciplines related to nuclear energy applications.  The INSTN headquarters are located at the Saclay CEA Centre (20 km South of Paris). 

 

October 2013

The First ever PEARL System in North America for patient information is installed at Baptist College, Memphis together with a VERT System for student education

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Baptist College of Health Sciences has invested in a Seminar VERT system for student education. The system,  is the 11th VERT system to be installed in the United States. VERT features on the college website.  “This virtual environment of a radiation therapy treatment room is designed as a simulation platform for teaching and learning. Students have the ability to visualize internal anatomy and divergence of the beam in a simulated setting.

Clinical errors and skill deficiencies in simulated setting can become learning opportunities with no harm to the patient.”

Read more at the following link: http://www.bchs.edu/radiation-therapy

PEARL is a virtual Linac, a tool for providing patient information in an innovative way. Patients are able to see their treatment which raises awareness  and in turn; can reduce their anxiety and the “fear of the unknown”. PEARL is already installed at Baptist College and in 2014 a clinical partner will begin implementing the system.

PEARL systems are also installed or on order from clients in Australia and Japan

 

September 2013

5th ASTRO Meeting for Vertual

Vertual began exhibiting at the ASTRO annual meeting in 2009. In this, the 5th year we were pleased to offer 3D demonstrations of the latest version VERT 2.9 with all its new capabilities including the Physics module. PEARL is also offered for providing information to patients and other health professionals thereby increasing awareness of modern treatment techniques.  Demonstrations were provided on our booth. In the photograph above Arthur Kay, James Ward and Andy Beavis are pictured with the ASTRO leadership team during a visit to the Vertual booth. 

 

Announcing the release of VERT 2.9. 

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Vertual are pleased to announce the release of VERT 2.9.  This is a significant step forward for the visualisation of dose in VERT with the introduction of dose on CT. With many new features and improved usability including patient set up instructions, additional beam visualisation options and additional Linac models. The latest software also includes the Implementation of the Varian TrueBeam Linac and modelling of the Elekta Agility head.A full body patient expands the use of VERT. 

The dose on CT features works seamlessly with the single slice contour visualisation for cross sectional anatomy training and enhances the teaching VERT can provide.  Read more about 2.9 by clicking here. 

 

 2nd VERT US users meeting takes place in Atlanta

After the success of last year’s meeting, Vertual welcomed attendees from many sites where VERT is installed in the United States. Presentations were given by Shaun Caldwell and Kameka Rideaux, Carol Scherbak and Aidan Leong discussing the use and implementation of VERT. The meeting was enjoyable, informative and productive and Vertual have already announced that the 3rd North American User meeting will take place on September 15th 2014 in San Francisco. 

August 2013

St Catherine College, Kentucky choose VERT for the radiation therapy students. 

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 A Seminar VERT system with VERT Physics was installed and training completed in August 2013 in time for the new students beginning their first semester. Carol Scherbak, Assistant Professor and Program Director St. Catharine College said “The VERT system is a significant educational advancement in training radiation therapy students, especially with the recent changes in treatment techniques. Incorporating this system into our current curriculum will enable the program at St. Catharine's to train the next generation of radiation therapists. We also plan to use the system for current radiation therapists to enhance their knowledge of newer treatment techniques.” 

See VERT in action at St Catherine and hear the academic staff describe what VERT means to them by viewing their video. Click the link below to access the page. 

http://www.sccky.edu/academics/health-human-sciences/radiation-therapy/

 

July 2013

The 6th Fully Immersive, high specification VERT system is installed in Australia. 

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 Curtin University in Perth is the sixth University in Australia to have an immersive VERT system installed including tracking, VERT Physics and the iPad interface. 

The VERT system installation was made possible by a project between the University and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, together with CMS Alphatech and Vertual who provided the equipment.

 

May 2013

The First VERT system installed in Germany provides a showcase venue during DEGRO.

The first installation of VERT in Germany took place during April and training was completed in early May. The system, a business grade Seminar VERT system is installed at the Lette-Verein School in Berlin. Delegates from the DEGRO 2013 meeting were invited to see the system for themselves.

 

April 2013

Vertual exhibits at the 2nd ESTRO Forum in Geneva.

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We were pleased to exhibit at this year’s ESTRO meeting in Geneva, the 5th time we have exhibited at our own booth since the formation of Vertual Ltd in 2007. Attendees were invited to see the exciting new features in the latest version of software that is to be released shortly; including dose wash on CT, the Varian TrueBeam Linac model and the Elekta Agility treatment head.

 

 Vertual Ltd announces that CMS Alphatech are 2012 Distributor of the year

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Leanne Elich (centre) receiving the award with (from left) Nigel Atwood and Richard Neale from CMS and Arthur Kay from Vertual Ltd shaking hands with Nigel.

 

Vertual are pleased to award Distributor of the year 2012 to CMS Alphatech for the second year running.  CMS have worked closely with 6 Australian Universities and the University of Otago in Wellington, New Zealand to install top of the range VERT systems complete with tracking for the full immersive experience and VERT Physics for teaching quality assurance principles.  The award was presented to Leanne Elich, Radiation Therapy Manager from CMS Alphatech during the recent ESTRO meeting in Geneva.

 

Vertual holds the 3rd International VERT User meeting at the University of Hertfordshire

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Delegates pictured during the lunch break at the University of Hertfordshire. Photograph taken by Elaine Gannon from the University of Hertfordshire.

 

In partnership with the University of Hertfordshire Vertual welcomed over 50 delegates to the 3rd International VERT user meeting on the 10TH of April. Key themes for the meeting were VERT for assessment including a lively debate on the suitability of simulation for assessment in radiotherapy, VERT for patient education and advancing anatomy and planning knowledge using VERT. Elaine Gannon, Associate Dean of the School of Health and Social Work from the University of Hertfordshire worked closely with the events team at Vertual to offer a stimulating program in a great setting.

“Our user meetings are an excellent way for customers to share their experience, develop ideas for future projects and to meet face to face. I personally found the day very educational, enjoyable and rewarding and the feedback we have received from our customers has been excellent. The way our customers have embraced this new technology and used VERT to develop teaching methods is incredible and I know there is more to come, it’s a privilege to work with our customers.” said Jan Antons, Radiotherapy Product specialist at Vertual.

 

March 2013

New Zealand Health Minister Opens VERT Suite at the University of Otago

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Photograph taken during the opening of the VERT suite at the University of Otago. Photo taken by Louise Gossans and displayed courtesy of the University of Otago.

 

After successful installation and training for the system in January Vertual and CMS Alphatech, official VERT distributor in Australia and New Zealand, were pleased to hear that the Minister of Health the Hon. Tony Royall opened the new radiation therapy training system, VERT, on March 14th. The system is a state of the art Immersive VERT Cinema system complete with a WU-12K Cinema grade projector and tracking system. The health minister was offered the chance to see how the tracking system works for himself. Karen Coleman, Director and Head of Department for Radiation Therapy at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences said 'We are delighted with the system and look forward to implementing this into our teaching and research programmes. We have particular interests in the use of VERT with the Eclipse Planning system, and for our Anatomy and Imaging topics'.

Read about the event in the University of Otago Newsletter by clicking here.

 

February 2013

First VERT system to be installed in Germany.

Vertual is pleased to announce that the first installation of VERT in Germany will take place shortly. The system, a business grade Seminar system will be installed at the Lette Verein School in Berlin.