CRAWLEY, England, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Users of Elekta's groundbreaking linear accelerator, Versa HD, can now bring target immobilization to new levels through automated gating with Active Breathing Coordinator. For anatomies affected by respiratory motion, such as lung, liver and breast, Active Breathing Coordinator provides non-invasive, internal immobilization of the target, triggering radiation delivery when anatomy is immobilized.
Automated gating with Active Breathing Coordinator recently received CE marking from the European Union and 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and in combination with Elekta's Response gating interface, provides additional benefits to both the Versa HD clinically-tailored solutions for treating breast and lung cancers.
Active Breathing Coordinator helps patients pause their breathing at a precisely indicated tidal volume a deep-inspiration breath-hold which increases the distance between the tumor and critical structures, resulting in the ability to reduce doses to the critical structures.
By consistently immobilizing the target in an identifiable, repeatable and stationary position, clinicians are better able to reduce tumor margins and implement dose escalation and hypofractionation strategies, such as Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT). Automated beam delivery increases clinical confidence and efficiency, in addition to reducing treatment times over manual techniques.
"We use Active Breathing Coordinator for lung and liver cancer treatments, and in combination with High Dose Rate mode that is now available with Versa HD, we are able to deliver breath-hold gated SBRT treatments with IGRT in a standard treatment time slot of 15 minutes," says Prof. Frank Lohr, Vice Chairman, University Medical Centre Mannheim.
Versa HD is a sophisticated radiation treatment delivery system designed to enhance the management of cancer care and treat a broad spectrum of tumors throughout the body. The market's most advanced linear accelerator, Versa HD is a single system capable of delivering conventional therapies for indications commonly seen in the clinic, while also permitting treatment of complex cancers that require exceptional targeting accuracy.
Versa HD and Active Breathing Coordinator with automated gating are not available for sale in all markets.
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