Doctors will be able to give a faster diagnosis of cancerous tumours thanks to a computer programme devised by a Lynn radiologist.
The software created by Dr Martin Crowe, a consultant radiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, is already being used to help determine the stage of a tumour’s malignancy.
Dr Crowe received help during the development process of StageCRAFT from Health Enterprise East, the NHS innovation hub for the East Midlands, East of England and North London.
The programme uses the TNM classification system, which describes the extent of a patient’s cancer. It looks at the size of the cancer, nearby lymph nodes and the spread of cancer from one part of the body to another.
By answering key questions about the tumour within the new software, removes the need for radiologists to look up for the appropriate staging category.
It also uses rapid calculators to assess bone metastases or tumour response to therapy.
It supports the staging of nine different types of cancer. There are plans to increase this in the future.
Dr Martin Crowe said: “In devising StageCRAFT I was keen to increase the use of the TNM staging system in radiological reports whilst at the same time making it a simpler process for the radiologist.
“This is also a first – interactive software such as this has not been used in this process before.”