July 18, 2007 – BrainLAB announced that the Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute (CARTI) has installed its ExacTrac X-ray 6-D image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) system, reportedly enabling doctors to pinpoint tumors with increased accuracy and treat a wider variety of indications.
Designed from the ground up to optimize workflow, physicians reportedly have the ability to maximize patient output while also improving treatment outcomes. Top performing facilities that have selected the ExacTrac X-ray 6-D system are said to accomplish an average of 90 to 100 fractions a week. In comparison to 2006, where an average of 65 fractions per week could be administered, and together with an increased number of ExacTrac X-ray 6-D systems installed, this represents a 117 percent annual growth in the use of the BrainLAB technology.
CARTI is part of a growing number of healthcare facilities adopting IGRT technology for the improved treatment of malignant and non-malignant tumors. Traditionally, small shifts in patient movement or radiation beam alignment can result in damage to normal tissues surrounding the tumor. BrainLAB IGRT technology uses high-resolution X-rays to pinpoint tumors seconds before treatment, automatically corrects any patient set-up errors and tracks patient movement throughout the procedure.