March 26, 2009 - Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc. said today that First Coast Service Options, the Medicare Administrative Contractor for Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, assigned region-wide payment amounts to the CPT code 0197T for intrafraction tracking to capture daily use of the Calypso 4D Localization System
In addition, the Calypso said that several national commercial payers and Medicare Administrative Contractors are paying claims for Calypso Medical’s implantable Beacon electromagnetic transponders. These transponders, smaller than a grain of rice, are placed in or around a tumor and tracked continuously during external beam radiation therapy.
Known as GPS for the Body, the Calypso 4D Localization System provides precise, continuous information on the location of the tumor during external beam radiation therapy. Any movement by the patient, including internal movement of the tumor, may cause the radiation to miss its intended target and hit adjacent healthy tissue. In contrast to other tumor targeting solutions, GPS for the Body technology provides continuous tumor position information, objectively and without ionizing radiation, thereby enabling optimization of the delivery of radiation to the tumor and minimization of misapplied radiation to normal tissue.
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