The UK Government was so impressed that VERT became part of its Cancer Reform Strategy. It has been rolled out to all of the country’s radiography training schools and the majority of radiography hospitals.
A new system ‘Proton VERT’ is due to launch shortly. Proton VERT uses the same virtual technology to train clinicians to administer proton beam therapy, a new type of radiotherapy.
Proton beam therapy is advantageous in treating certain types of cancer but facilities are expensive to operate.
Proton VERT provides a way for clinicians to be trained outside of actual treatment rooms thereby alleviating the pressure on limited resources.
To market VERT commercially, a spin-off company, Vertual Ltd, was created. It now has a multimillion-pound turnover and more than 130 customers in 25 different countries, including Canada, USA, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Czech Republic, Sweden and China.
The VERT system was developed during a six-year collaboration with Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.