Digital Imaging System for Use with Elekta Cancer Treatment System Released in Europe

iViewC patient position verification solution designed to optimize treatment accuracy for Elekta Compact radiation therapy system

Beijing China — Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The new digital imaging system, iViewC™—for use with Elekta Compact ™, Elekta’s cost-effective linear accelerator for radiation therapy—has achieved CE marking. iViewC, designed specifically for Elekta Compact, provides an effective patient position verification solution. Utilizing CCD (charge couple device) technology, iViewC affords high quality, real-time images that verify the patient is in the correct position at the time of treatment. This helps to ensure patient safety and reduces margins during therapy delivery.

The digital architecture of iViewC ensures rapid patient set up and positioning, faster patient throughput and valuable workflow efficiencies compared to x-ray film, such as digital image storage and no waiting time between image acquisition and analysis. Based on the world-renowned iViewGT™ image evaluation software, iViewC harnesses advanced CCD camera technology to provide high quality, real-time images for accurate patient position verification at a cost-effective price.

“iViewC allows even more centers to benefit from Elekta’s years of experience in MV imaging and IGRT expertise,” says Peter Gaccione, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Software Initiatives.

Easy-to-use, iViewC provides workflow-oriented tools that can be used in online or offline modes to generate table displacement values. Users can retract the detector and park it for easy access to the patient or equipment, or fully retract the detector close to the gantry. Even when the detector arm is fully deployed, the large 45cm clearance to isocenter of Elekta Compact  is maintained.

Additional features include:
•    Large field of view (26 cm x 26 cm) to provide meaningful images in one acquisition
•    The ability to record imaging dose as part of the treatment dose

The first iViewC for Elekta Compact was shipped to the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center in the Philippines.

“The cost effective image-guidance capabilities offered by iViewC will enable workflow efficiency, higher patient throughput and cost savings,” says Erwin Q. Vito Cruz, Chairman, Department of Radiation Therapy, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center. “This is ideal for high-workload government institutions such as ours.”

Elekta Compact and iViewC are backed by a strong and well-established international service and support infrastructure, ensuring rapid response times and maximum clinical uptime.

iViewC™ and Elekta Compact™ are not available for sale or distribution in all regions.

 

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About Elekta

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 healthcare 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 3,300 employees globally. The corporate headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. Website: www.elekta.com.

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