CNERGY Go! – Biometric patient identification

Reliable patient identification is crucial in radiotherapy. Nowadays the checks are done mostly manually, for instance, checking the patient’s date of birth or using a photograph. These methods are error-sensitive, as these checks are not integrated in the workflow there is no 100% guarantee that the steps are always executed.
Together with one of the radiotherapy centres in The Netherlands, Cablon Medical has made another step forward with use of a hand palm scan connected to the R&V system and accelerator. It identifies the patient through the unique palm vein
profile. The blood vessel pattern is unique to each person and is more accurate than other biometric methods, such as facial recognition and iris scan.¹ In addition, it works fast4 and is suitable for all patients, even the ones that need to undergo chemotherapy and whose fingerprint may temporarily disappear.

How it works?

Before every treatment the patient’s hand is scanned when the patient is on the treatment table. The patient identification step cannot be omitted, because the accelerator cannot be started until a positive identification has been made. If a patient cannot use the scanner for whatever reason, a radiation technologist can be nominated to unlock treatment with their own unique palm signature (override). This solution also enables an organisation to maintain immaculate records for compliance purposes. CNERGY Go! can be extended with waiting room module, the kiosk.


1 Napua (2011): Growth of Biometric Technology in Self-Service Situations

Key features:

  • Accelerator does not start radiation before a positive match is made
  • Fully integrated into the existing workflow of radiotherapy centres
  • Optional waiting room module for patient guidance and attendance
  • Is fast, non-invasive and highest accuracy (FAR=0.00001%)²


  • Prevents treatment of the wrong patient²
  • No additional workload
  • Enables an organisation to maintain records for compliance purposes
  • On-table verification usable for every patient to minimize safety risks

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