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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…

Elekta Unity patients can sigh a breath of relief with new imaging upgrade

It was already the most advanced magnetic resonance radiation therapy (MR/RT) system in the world when launched in 2018, nevertheless, Elekta’s MR-Linac, Elekta Unity, continues to evolve, and further sets us apart from our competitors. Motion related image artifacts are a common challenge with free-breathing MRI. The latest product release on Elekta Unity enables 3D…

MR guidance and hypofractionated RT for prostate cancer a good match

Clinicians at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center at Froedtert Hospital and the University of Iowa (UI) are using their respective center’s Elekta Unity MR-Linac system in ongoing efforts to validate the equivalence of hypofractionated prostate cancer regimens to standard fractionation schedules. Although data on the late toxicity of hypofractioned…

Busy Elekta Unity MR-Linac clinical users pile up clinical evidence during pandemic

By Marco Luzzara, MSc, Senior Director of Medical Affairs and Clinical Research, Elekta As virtual events go in 2020, we couldn’t have been more pleased with the quality and volume of presentations at the September 7-11 Elekta MR-Linac Consortium meeting, which boasted an online gathering of a record 566 attendees from 48 sites and 18…

STARLIT project sees potential of MR image guidance to significantly improve radiation treatment quality

In the light of advances in MR-guided radiation therapy (MRgRT) and the development of Elekta Unity MR-Linac, the multinational STARLIT (System Technologies for Adaptive Real-time MR Image-guided Therapies) consortium is a unique multidisciplinary collaboration of industrial and clinical partners, that are driving innovation development to improve treatment accuracy and minimize dose to healthy tissue in…

Functional imaging on MR-Linac provides insight on brain tumors

Scientists at the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre reviewed their center’s first clinical use of the Elekta Unity MR-Linac. Chia-Lin (Eric) Tseng, MD, and Angus Lau, PhD, explained how they harnessed functional imaging MRI sequences, including diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) to evaluate patients with CNS tumors, the majority being glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The…

Clinicians at Italian and Dutch centers review their clinical experience with Elekta Unity MR-Linac

During an Elekta webinar on June 15, 2020, users of Elekta Unity, the company’s MR-Linac, provided further validation of the treatment modality and its soft tissue visualization capabilities for patients with cancer. Radiation oncologists Prof. Filippo Alongi, Chair of the Advanced Radiation Oncology department at IRCCS Ospedale Sacro Cuore Don Calabria in Negrar-Verona and Associate…