PRESS RELEASE Stockholm, Sweden, January 21, 2008 CHU (University Hospital Center) de Poitiers has selected Elekta as the main partner in an ambitious program to improve radiation therapy treatment capacity in the Poitou-Charente region. Replacing equipment from a different vendor, the hospital recently assigned Elekta to deliver three Elekta Synergy® digital linear accelerator systems for intensity modulated and image guided radiation therapy. The order is valued at close to EUR 5 M.
Intensity modulated and image guided radiation therapy (IMRT & IGRT) has during the last couple of years become standard for new deliveries of radiation therapy solutions and Elekta Synergy is being established as the reference system for this more precise and accurate method for radiating cancer tumors.
CHU de Poitiers, the only Radiotherapy Center focusing on advanced radiation therapy in the Poitiers area has chosen to upgrade their facilities and replace older equipment from another vendor with three Elekta Synergy systems.
“Radiation therapy is one of the most important weapons in the arsenal to fight cancer”, comments Mr Jean-Pierre Dewitte, CEO of Poitiers University Hospital. “Integrated 3D imaging, which is what is needed for true image guided treatment, will most certainly be one key factor for future improved outcomes. We surveyed the market thoroughly and found Elekta to have the most clinically proven and workflow-centric solution on the market”, ends Mr Dewitte.
Elekta Synergy enables the radiation oncology staff to use extremely precise and accurate technique close to critical structures, while at the same time being flexible enough to handle virtually all cases presented in a radiation therapy department.
“We are very pleased to partner with CHU de Poitiers in the effort to improve cancer care and we are looking forward to working with Mr Dewitte and the radiation therapy department at CHU Poitiers to explore advanced methods such as in-Vivo dosimetry, gating and VMAT (Volumetric Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy)”, comments Vincent Beilvert, Managing Director of Elekta France.