Part of Monaco 3.0, Dynamic Conformal Arc Therapy receives 510(k) clearanceATLANTA, GA Afghanistan — Sunday, July 17, 2011
Among the many new features of Monaco® 3.0, Dynamic Conformal Arc (DCA) Therapy provides clinicians with a simple way to deliver highly conformal stereotactic plans by using the multi-leaf collimator (MLC) to dynamically conform around a target as the treatment beam rotates around the patient. DCA recently received 510(k) clearance for Monaco from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“DCA can be used to render more conformal plans by creating multiple arcs in a non-coplanar fashion – in such a way that the geometry of each arc minimizes the dose to the adjacent organs during the gantry rotation,” says Todd Powell, Executive Vice President, Elekta Software. “When this technique is used in conjunction with micro-MLCs – such as the new Apex™* MLC, which is now supported in Monaco 3.0 – it can yield very conformal plans and is much easier in terms of quality assurance measurements.”
DCA is particularly well-suited for stereotactic treatments because it eliminates the need to modulate the typically higher doses per fraction in stereotactic therapy. DCA’s benefit, therefore, is fewer monitor units and reduced treatment time compared with other delivery methods.
“With DCA, clinicians have the option to obtain a comparably conformal plan with approximately half the treatment time and reduced scatter dose,” Powell adds.
Streamlining the stereotactic workflow is a major goal of Monaco 3.0, which includes:
*Apex is a works in progress and not yet available for sale in the U.S.
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