MUCheck: The Beginning
The story of MUCheck begins with a marriage.
Greg was a software engineer. His wife Margaret was a medical dosimetrist. In the 1990s, Greg noticed that Margaret was spending a great deal of time second-checking her monitor unit calculations manually. Hoping to ease her workload, Greg decided to write a software program to speed the process up. It worked like a charm, and MUCheck was born.
By 1998, many people in the radiation therapy field wanted to use MUCheck and the demand was increasing. Greg and Margaret obtained an FDA clearance to market MUCheck and the company Oncology Data Systems, Inc. was born.
Growth and Change: 20 Years of Innovation
Over the past 20 years, the cancer treatment industry has seen some tremendous change. As cancer treatments became more sophisticated and complex, MUCheck was refined and updated to adapt to technology changes in the medical physics field. More features were added. Additional employees were hired. MUCheck software continued to grow.
What started as a simple program for calculating basic conformal beams eventually grew to include electron calculations, SRS treatments, DICOM import capability forward plans, and more. However, it didn’t stop there. MUCheck now offers a second-check solution for brachytherapy, CyberKnife, TomoTherapy, and Gamma Knife treatment modalities.
Today, Oncology Data Systems is proud to offer a full suite of MUCheck products that can be configured to your specific treatment needs.
This is where it all began. MUCheck is our flagship product offering quick, reliable calculations for conformal photon and electron beams.
IMRT Check is an easy-to-use second check module for IMRT plans as well as basic arc therapy plans.
Introduced in 2004, CyberKnife Check calculates CyberKnife plans – including fixed, Iris, and multi-leaf collimators
The first brachytherapy second-check solution on the market, our BrachyCheck module calculates plans for HDR, LDR, and permanent seed implants.
Introduced in 2009, our Gamma Knife Check module remains the only commercial second-check solution for Gamma Knife treatments on the market. Fast, accurate, and easy to set up and use, Gamma Knife Check is compatible with model 4, Perfexion, and Icon units.
The newest addition to the MUCheck product suite, TomoCheck provides a simple but powerful point-and-click solution for helical TomoTherapy plan QA.
Trusted Around the World
Today, Oncology Data Systems, Inc. continues to look to the future of radiation therapy as we continue to grow and evolve our software to meet the changing needs of our customers. From our roots as a small mom-and-pop startup company to a leading dose calculation software used in clinics worldwide, we are proud to have been serving the radiation oncology industry for over 20 years. We look forward to many, many more.
Looking to the Future: The Next 20 Years
What will the next 20 years bring for Oncology Data Systems and the MUCheck software? It’s a fair bet that we will continue bringing innovation to the industry we helped create. 3D dose calculation capability is under development, as well as other new features and enhancements.