First Time Demonstration of Automatic Patient Positioning of ExacTrac on Elekta Linacs
Press release date: April 4, 2014
VIENNA, Austria -
Medical University Vienna/General Hospital Vienna showcases first integration of Brainlab ExacTrac and Elekta linac to ESTRO 33 Attendees
Full integration of ExacTrac® 6.1[*patient positioning system by Brainlab with an Elekta linac will be demonstrated for the first time for attendees of the European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO) annual meeting. The integrated system is set-up at the MedicalUniversity Vienna/General Hospital Vienna, which is providing the opportunity for an onsite visit during the ESTRO annual meeting. ExacTrac on an Elekta linear accelerator is a pioneering combination that enables clinicians to provide cancer patients with comfortable, accurate treatments.
"As a long time ExacTrac user, the system has been one of our favorite tools from the very beginning," states Assoc. Prof. Dietmar Georg, Head of Medical Radiation Physics, Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical University Vienna/General Hospital Vienna. "All professions, including RTTs, medical physicists and radiation oncologists, love to work with it. With the Brainlab upgrade to ExacTrac 6.1[*and the new Elekta linear accelerator including a robotic table, we are excited to be able to combine premium products from our esteemed partners."
Several institutions all over the globe have already put their trust in this new Brainlab Elekta collaboration by purchasing an ExacTrac IGRT system to be installed on an Elekta linac. Soon after ESTRO 33, the companies will officially release this automated workflow, which will enable fast, intuitive and integrated patient positioning processes for cancer treatment.
"The product automation and integration simplifies and speeds up daily workflow and gives us the opportunity to maximize the benefits of both systems for our patients, including intra-fractional verification," adds Dr. Georg. "While we continue to benefit from its versatility for advanced and high-tech treatments in general, with the new integration, ExacTrac will now also be the imaging and patient positioning solution for our non-invasive, frameless stereotactic treatments and give us high precision for cranial treatments."
With more than 600 installations worldwide, ExacTrac is a field-proven system for supporting sub-millimetric patient positioning for patients with tumors anywhere in the brain and body. ExacTrac has especially revolutionized precise patient alignment in stereotactic treatments known as frameless cranial radiosurgery. Over one million treatments have been performed with this non-invasive stereotactic mask system that allows a time saving, patient friendly procedure without compromising treatment accuracy and without the usage of a conventional head ring.
"With our long-term partner, Medical University Vienna/General Hospital Vienna, Brainlab is set to demonstrate our fully integrated workflow with Elekta for the first time," explains Carsten Sommerfeldt, Managing Director and Vice President Europe at Brainlab. "We are continuously striving for optimal patient care, especially with our Frameless SRS solution including the constant possibility of monitoring the target based on real time X-Ray images during treatment".
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