MD Anderson agrees to buy Elekta Linear accelerators and other radiotherapy solutions

26 April 2016 (Last Updated April 26th, 2016 18:30)

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre has entered into a deal with Elekta to acquire Elekta Infinity linear accelerators, brachytherapy afterloaders including software and service.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre has entered into a deal with Elekta to acquire Elekta Infinity™ linear accelerators, brachytherapy afterloaders including software and service.

The Elekta Infinity system is an all-round treatment system which includes volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT).

The VMAT enables the dose to 'shrink wrap' around a tumor by controlling the gantry position and speed, MLC leaves, dose rate and even collimator angle.

"In addition to being one of the first US medical centres to acquire Elekta's new Leksell Gamma Knife Icon brain radiosurgery system, MD Anderson is also part of the consortium to develop the world's first high-field MR-guided linear accelerator."

Elekta North America region executive vice-president Bill Yaeger said: "In addition to being one of the first US medical centres to acquire Elekta's new Leksell Gamma Knife Icon brain radiosurgery system, MD Anderson is also part of the consortium to develop the world's first high-field MR-guided linear accelerator."

The Leksell Gamma Knife Icon is a radiosurgery device which offers a virtual treatment of any targeted area of the brain and features precise microradiosurgery capabilities.

The four Infinity treatment systems from Elekta will also include the Agility 160-leaf multi-leaf collimator, a high-resolution beam shaping solution which plays a key role in patient plan optimisation and treatment delivery.

It features a combination of high resolution beam shaping and rapid leaf speeds allowing higher dose rates to be used for more effective modulation.

MD Anderson Cancer Centre will also acquire four of Elekta's high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy afterloaders and Oncentra Brachy treatment planning; Mosaiq Oncology Information System (OIS); Active Breathing Coordinator units; as well as service for the hardware and software.

The Oncentra Brachy is an all-round treatment planning software which assists in optimising treatment plan accuracy and provides easy navigation to any plane that offers the most relevant information per region of interest.

The Mosaiq OIS helps in managing all the processes associated with a radiation oncology programme, where the patient information is collected and made accessible from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up.

Elekta's active breathing coordinator offers non-invasive, internal immobilisation of anatomies affected by respiratory motion, such as the breast and lung by engaging simple and efficient assisted breath-hold techniques.