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Advanced service technology keeps busy Spanish radiotherapy department up and running

The founding of Hospital Provincial de Castellón dates back to 1394, a year in which clinicians likely had difficulties treating even the simplest maladies, let alone cancer. But what these 14th century doctors didn’t have to contend with were ultra-complex cancer treatment systems and their associated maintenance. Fortunately, nothing gets past Elekta IntelliMax, patented remote…

Australian cervical cancer patients benefit from clinic’s latest Elekta GYN applicator

Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre (ONJ, Melbourne, Victoria) clinicians began using their new Geneva™ Universal Gynecological Applicator in October 2020 and in a very short time it became the clinic’s preferred applicator for patients with cervical cancer – accounting for three out of every four treatments. According to ONJ radiation oncologist Dr. Carminia…

Austrian physicists save time and increase efficiency with Elekta QA solutions

The Institute for Radiation Oncology at the Klagenfurt am Wörthersee Clinic in Austria is a growing and thriving radiotherapy department. Not only have they updated their linac fleet to four state-of-the-art Versa HD™ systems between 2015 and 2020, they have also recently decided to refresh and modernize their machine QA program, with the aim of…

The unsung role of the radiation therapist in product development

According to licensed radiation therapist (RTT) and Elekta Unity product manager Liz Knowles, radiation therapy technology will fail if vendors don’t do four key things: involve the user upfront in development, take the time to develop and iterate on solutions carefully, push for consensus-driven standardization and design the technology for the mainstream user – not…

Paying it forward in Papua New Guinea

A decade’s worth of trips between her position at Melbourne’s Alfred Health Radiation Oncology and ANGAU Hospital’s National Cancer Treatment Centre (Lae, Papua New Guinea [PNG]) has given Catherine “Cath” Beaufort a keen understanding of PNG’s people and their healthcare challenges. Cancer management, in particular, is plagued by a lack of advanced technology and training,…

Optimizing needle insertion with CT guidance during GYN brachytherapy

Using CT to guide and plan intracavitary/interstitial brachytherapy for patients with cervical cancer is an attractive option for centers with limited 3D imaging options for determining needle use and location, a recent study asserts.1 Whether done with or without image guidance, it is reported that adding needles to intracavitary brachytherapy significantly increased the three-year local…

Despite pandemic, Singapore hospital reaches clinical go live earlier than expected

In February 2020, Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore took delivery of their new Versa HD™ linear accelerator (linac), complete with HexaPOD™ evo RT system for precise patient positioning with six degrees of freedom and Elekta Active Breathing Coordinator™ for respiratory motion management. They also purchased Brainlab ExacTrac® for image acquisition when the couch is rotated during…

MR-guided radiotherapy a new non-invasive option for bladder cancer patients in Australia

The bladder can change in position, shape and size during radiotherapy treatment sessions depending on the organ’s filling rate. This has required clinicians using a conventional linac to use large margins that include normal tissues, an undesirable but necessary practice to avoid a geographical target miss. With their Elekta Unity MR-Linac, however, GenesisCare radiation oncologists…