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NEMA Publishes RT 1-2014 to enhance radiation therapy treatments.

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April 29, 2014 - NEMA, on behalf of Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), published NEMA RT 1-2014 Gating Interface, which is intended to enhance safety and effectiveness of radiation therapy (RT) treatments. RT 1 provides key technical information to developers for synchronizing equipment with patient's breathing and other movements during cancer treatment. Also, standard defines technical fail safe provisions to improve interoperability among various manufacturers' devices.

NEMA Publishes NEMA RT 1-2014 Gating Interface

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
1300 N. 17th St., Suite 1847-T
Rosslyn, VA, 22209

Press release date: April 23, 2014

ROSSLYN, Va.—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), on behalf of its medical division, the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), published NEMA RT 1-2014 Gating Interface. This standard is to enhance the safety and effectiveness of radiation therapy (RT) treatments.

According to MITA Executive Director Gail Rodriguez, this first-of-its-kind standard reflects the commitment of RT manufacturers to continue improving patient safety.

“RT 1 will improve targeting accuracy and reduce normal tissue irradiation so patients can reap the benefits of this treatment without risk of damaging adjacent healthy tissue,” she said.

RT 1 provides key technical information to developers for synchronizing equipment with the patient’s breathing and other movements during cancer treatment. Movement outside of the standard’s predetermined window will trigger an appropriate signal. This motion monitoring information can be used to improve targeting accuracy through treatment delivery interventions in the event that the target moves from the planned position. The standard defines specific technical “fail safe” provisions to improve interoperability among devices from various manufacturers.

NEMA RT 1-2014 may be downloaded at no cost or purchased in hard copy for $32 by visiting the NEMA website.

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Its 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceed $100 billion annually.

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