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Ongoing MOMENTUM study highlights safety of Elekta Unity MR-Linac

On behalf of Elekta Unity researchers at eight centers in five countries, University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) investigator Jasmijn Westerhoff, MD, recently presented the latest results from the MOMENTUM multi-institutional international registry at ESTRO 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  According to the study, of nearly 1,800 cancer patients treated with Elekta Unity, only 1.4 percent experienced…

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 –…

Elekta Unity MR-Linac at home in a small radiotherapy department

Access to sophisticated radiation therapy technology is often associated with large medical centers, their correspondingly large radiotherapy departments employing dozens of professionals, including radiation oncologists, physicists, dosimetrists and radiotherapy technologists (RTT). The Elekta Unity MR-Linac is an example of an advanced radiotherapy solution that has found its home in places like these. Two years ago,…

Technique shows promise of earlier quantification of a brain tumor’s responsiveness to radiotherapy

Investigators at Sunnybrook Research Institute (Toronto, Canada) are the world’s first to employ – on their 1.5T Elekta Unity system – a sophisticated MRI technique called chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) for patients with central nervous system (CNS) tumors. Using the CEST MRI pulse sequence periodically during a radiotherapy course could help clinicians better understand…

Tailor-made treatment fit Lyn like a glove

For many people, Lyn’s life sounds enviable. Together with her husband of 45 years, she enjoys the year-round gentle climate that Sydney, Australia, offers; perfect for making the most of the outdoors. Lyn’s a proud mom of three grown daughters, but her real pride nowadays is her six grandchildren, who she spends as much time…

AI technology to simplify Unity prostate workflow

Elekta AI-assisted auto-contouring, currently under development, has been shown to reduce online prostate contouring time to under two minutes, which will shave around 10 minutes off the current Unity prostate workflow. Such future time savings will help to further enhance treatment accuracy by lowering the risk of anatomical movement during the session and will improve…

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…

Paper on first Elekta MR-Linac patient treatments earns award for most citations in physics journal

The intense interest in the potential of MR-guided radiation therapy spurred researchers to cite – in great numbers in Physics in Medicine & Biology (PMB) – a paper describing the 2017 first-in-human proof-of-concept study involving the prototype of Elekta Unity, the world’s first high-field (1.5T) MR-Linac. The 217 citations of the paper: “First patients treated…