Gamma Basics Launches grayCAD, Groundbreaking New Medical Radiation Safety Software

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Medical software developer Gamma Basics announces the launch of its new medical radiation analysis software that analyzes radiation shielding in medical facilities. In grayCAD, modern information modeling technology has finally come to this important but under-served area of medical facility design.

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A safe radiation shielding design, visualized using grayCAD

My vision for grayCAD is to make radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, and diagnostic imaging facilities safer for patients and clinicians by enabling physicists to design shielding solutions using the most advanced software tools possible.

GrayCAD, by Gamma Basics, is a unique solution to the problem of designing medical facilities in a way that minimizes radiation exposure to patients and clinicians. The innovative software is used to create an architectural plan for shielding within a medical facility based on the radiation sources to be used in the clinic and the dose limits enforced by pertinent regulations.

Radiation safety professionals who were previously forced to perform dose rate calculations by hand can now use grayCAD’s powerful computation engine and complete continuous heat map to model every potential radiation vulnerability within a given design, thus increasing safety and reliability in radiation oncology, nuclear medicine and diagnostic imaging facilities. The software will also allow physicists and architects to employ value-engineering innovations that are impractical without the use of this specialized software.

Mike Kijewski, CEO of Gamma Basics, says, “My vision for grayCAD is to make radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, and diagnostic imaging facilities safer for patients and clinicians by enabling physicists to design shielding solutions using the most advanced software tools possible. During my time as a practicing medical physicist, I was dismayed that these crucial tasks were undertaken using only necessarily rough approximations by way of do-it-yourself spreadsheet calculations. With the launch of grayCAD, the very knowledgeable and capable physicists responsible for radiation safety will finally have an appropriately rigorous toolset for safeguarding treatment facilities, corresponding to the technology advances reflected in the treatment regimes themselves.”

Kijewski assembled the Gamma Basics “dream team” of inspired professionals with graduate qualifications in medical physics and computer science to develop the software. Version 1.0 of grayCAD is currently in use in both enterprise and clinical environments.

Gamma Basics will be launching grayCAD to practitioners at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) in Vancouver, BC beginning July 31st 2011. Attendees at the conference will have opportunities for hands-on exploration of the software, in addition to demonstrations given by its developers.

Corporate Funding Round Completed

Earlier this year Gamma Basics, Inc. closed a Series A funding round. Significant Gamma Basics investors include affiliates of the Bentley family, founders of Bentley Systems, Inc. (, a $500 million+ privately-held engineering software company headquartered in Exton, PA.

CEO Greg Bentley says, “We are proud to have been able to play a role in Gamma Basics reaching this key stage of the initial product launch, which follows enthusiastic and satisfactory stress-testing of grayCAD by substantial industry players. In Mike Kijewski and the entire Gamma Basics team, we see the qualities, dedication, and focus that we have learned are of the essence to succeed in vertical software. We are enthusiastic about Gamma Basics’ market positioning, technology, and plans for commercial innovation. Moreover, it is exciting for us to participate in the vital emerging opportunity, of unprecedented magnitude, to enable health professionals and facilities to ‘work smarter’ through information modeling. Gamma Basics has put together a compelling proposition!”

Gamma Basics previously received a boost when it and Kijewski were honored with the 2011 Wharton Venture Award-- a $10,000 grant given by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, for MBA students to work full time on their business startup during the summer between their first and second years in Wharton’s program. Only five awards are bestowed each year, with past winners including Warby Parker, and Invite Media.

Kijewski and his Gamma Basics colleagues will be at the AAPM conference in Vancouver to show medical physicists this tremendous advance in technology. Visit them at booth #642 at the AAPM Conference or at for details and product information.

About Gamma Basics:
Gamma Basics ( is dedicated to creating a safer environment for the medical community by offering innovative technical software to help professionals work safely and efficiently. The company was founded in 2009 by medical physicist Mike Kijewski and principals of Philadelphia-based software firm Mimeya Technology.


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