RIT was founded in 1993 by Daniel M. Ritt and Ellen Miller Ritt. RIT received FDA clearance on RIT113 radiation therapy film dosimetry that year, and sold their first system soon thereafter. RIT113's revolutionary innovations provided clinical and research physicists with the first high precision automated QA tool for advanced radiation therapies. RIT quickly became recognized as the leading innovator in precision automated QA, developing the first automated IMRT analysis, which was used by the first commercial IMRT Treatment Planning System manufacturer to document and verify IMRT Dose delivery for its FDA application.
RIT's IMRT QA analysis provided clinical physicists with the tool necessary to analyze this new advanced cancer treatment, thereby participating in the rapid availability of this treatment, which significantly improves cancer survival rates, to the community hospital level both in the US and worldwide. RIT is the only radiation therapy QA system available that interfaces with every commercially available TPS system, and was the first manufacturer to offer independent dose QA for direct digital images from CR and EPID. RIT software is used in more than 1800 hospitals, including 19 of the Top 20 US Cancer Treatment Hospitals* and in 36 countries worldwide. RIT continues to lead the dosimetry market in innovation and holds many US and international patents on their QA routines.
*US News and World Report Annual Report On Top Hospitals.
RIT moved to its new facility on List Drive in January of 2008. Adjacent to the RIT building was a 1.3 acre undeveloped lot. In an effort to support our environment, reduce our carbon footprint, and encourage others to follow our example, RIT has installed a Ground Mounted Solar Array on this piece of land.
The solar array was built in two phases. The first development phase consists of (312) 200 W solar modules for a total of 62.4 KW DC, providing more than 110% of the electrical power needed for the RIT facility. Phase I came on-line on July 1, 2009. The second development phase consists of (371) 230 W solar modules for an additional 85.3 KW DC of power generating capacity. Phase II came on-line on June 21, 2010. Phase II produces enough power to supply more than 43 homes with electricity.
In total, Phase I and Phase II has 683 solar panels and produces 147.73 KW (DC). Additional power, generated in excess of the RIT facility usage, is sold to Colorado Springs Utilities by feeding directly into the electrical grid. The power generated by Phase I and Phase II makes RIT the largest independent energy producer in Southern Colorado.
This Ground Mounted Solar array was designed and built by Rocky Mountain Solar and Wind. Phase I was developed in cooperation with Colorado Springs Utilities under the Renewable Energy Rebate Program for Photovoltaics. Phases I and II were also supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.