At the 57th American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting & Exhibition, July 12-16 in Anaheim, California, Elekta will showcase the latest version of its Monaco® treatment planning system, version 5.10, which introduces several new features and enhancements designed to enhance performance, precision and control for a complete planning solution without compromise
Anaheim, CA United States — Thursday, July 9, 2015
Monaco 5.10 users will be able to:
· Plan multiple patients simultaneously with a highly automated planning and treatment workflow
· Quickly optimize plans with a single calculation and change constraints in real time
· Use Forward Planning to achieve better dose uniformity than can be obtained with a single-port 3D beam
· Utilize templates to create highly conformal treatment plans quickly and easily and share with other centers
· Re-check plan quality by re-calculating third-party plans with Monte Carlo
· Plan both MLC and cone-based plans from a single planning solution
Furthermore, the addition of Specialty Images* in Monaco 5.10 enables users to combine two or more image sets to make a specialty image that can help define the target volume affected by respiratory movement. This is useful for lung SRS treatments.
Monaco users can plan complex SBRT and SRS cases with support for SRS Cones and Micro MLCwith the confidence of the Monte Carlo algorithm.
Monaco 5.10 pilot sites in the United States are providing preliminary feedback on the latest version:
“The Multiple Prescriptions option in Monaco is the single biggest thing to assist my workflow and efficiency,” says Mark Mayhew, Dosimetrist, Southeast Cancer Center, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. “Smart tools, such as Isodose Templating and Anatomical Group Editing are very useful as well.
“Since using Monaco 5.10, we’ve noticed that with the DMLC IMRT planning we do, there is very little change between optimization and segmentation,” he adds.
Sotiri Stathakis, PhD, Medical Physicist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, notes that the recalculation option in Monaco 5.10 has been a convenient method to check the plan quality from another treatment planning system in difficult cases, such as in lung SBRT.
“This capability might also help us evaluate plans for patients that return with a recurrence,” Dr. Stathakis adds.
“Our users need to be able to treat a variety of cases – from conventional radiotherapy to complete stereotactic treatments employing a single treatment planning system,” says Todd Powell, Executive Vice President Comprehensive Oncology Solutions. “With Monaco 5.10, users now have this ability and can do so without compromising accuracy or plan quality.”
In addition to Monaco 5.10, the following solutions also will be highlighted at the Elekta booth:
· The latest version of MOSAIQ®, which provides enhancements including IQ Scripts Plan of the Day, ePrescribing for narcotics and a host of other workflow enhancing features
· AQUA, a quality management system which offers a full suite of workflow-oriented machine QA tasks
During AAPM, join Elekta for a series of educational events at the Hilton Anaheim, adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center. Register today for one or more of these complimentary events, a few of which offer continuing education credits. To register, visit www.elekta.com/aapm2015
Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care. Stretching the boundaries of science and technology, providing intelligent and resource-efficient solutions that offer confidence to both health care providers and patients, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even save patient lives.
Today, Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are used in over 6,000 hospitals worldwide. Elekta employs around 3,800 employees globally. The corporate headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm. Website: www.elekta.com Twitter: @Elekta.