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Linac-based cranial SRS a mainstay in many departments

While Leksell Gamma Knife® stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is the undisputed gold standard for treating cranial indications, the linear accelerator maintains its position as the most widely used platform for cranial SRS – and its capabilities have only improved in recent years with advances in beam-shaping and beam delivery speed. In a recent Elekta webinar titled…

Improving daily treatment with proton arc therapy

Proton arc therapy is an advanced radiation therapy technique that consists of a continuous delivery of a proton beam as the gantry rotates around the patient. During this rotation, the beam energy and intensity are adjusted to confer higher conformality to the tumor, more efficient delivery and increased plan robustness. Preliminary results for Spot-scanning proton…

Enhanced confidence for prostate SBRT with Clarity Autoscan

In October 2019, the radiation therapy department at the University Hospital Virgen Macarena (UHVM) in Seville installed Clarity® Autoscan with a view to implement prostate SBRT. By introducing real-time 4D ultrasound monitoring of prostate movement during treatment delivery, they hoped to benefit-eligible prostate SBRT patients by increasing treatment accuracy, shrinking treatment margins and reducing irradiation of…

Radiosurgery as it should be – smooth, painless, effective and close to home

Losing her hearing due to a vestibular schwannoma* would have been devastating for Jane. After all, she plays both percussion and harp in her free time. But it was her profession and appearance she was more concerned about, which influenced her choice to have it treated with extremely precise, minimally invasive radiosurgery. As a doctor,…

Linac replacements at French clinic boost productivity and enable advanced techniques

In 2016, U2R, an international cancer management company, acquired an underperforming cancer clinic in Clermont-Ferrand, France and set it on a path to greater success by replacing the center’s existing two linear accelerators (linacs) with Versa HD™ and Elekta Infinity systems. The new linacs proved to be productivity workhorses; year-on-year, and new patient volume steadily…

Third Elekta Unity MR-Linac helps Dutch hospital maintain prolific clinical and research pace

Members of the UMCU treatment team

In an effort to expand its research and clinical bandwidth in MR-guided radiation therapy (MRgRT), University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) recently became the world’s first center to install a third Elekta Unity MR-Linac. UMCU – a founding member of the MR-Linac Consortium and the site that pioneered the creation of high field MRgRT technology –…

Pandemic creates parenting challenges, opportunities for families

Elekta parents adapt to unprecedented times Between Elekta employees Rachael Bissell, Mark Samsa and Eddie Reiter are eight children who have been seeing a lot of their parents the past few years. Like millions of households around the world, the pandemic created challenges for these Elekta parents, who still worked their day jobs while also…

How evidence and trust helped Pepi make the best choices

“This is bad, isn’t it,” Pepi recounts telling the clinician when receiving the results of her mammogram. She says she already knew the outcome. “I’d previously been treated for another tumor and knew something could be malignant. So, I almost diagnosed myself actually.” Sadly, she was right. The tumor in her breast was cancerous, but…