News | August 12, 2014

The Christie Hospital Joins Elekta and Philips Research Consortium to Develop MRI-Guided Radiotherapy System

August 12, 2014 — Elekta and Philips Healthcare announced The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, a specialist cancer center based in Manchester, England, will join a consortium whose mission is to develop the clinical value of an integrated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy system. Such a system would, in principle, improve the practice of radiotherapy via real-time visualization of cancer targets.

"The Christie was an essential participant in the project 14 years ago that laid the foundations of the use of cone beam computed tomography [CBCT] at the time of treatment to improve radiotherapy delivery," said Niklas Savander, Elekta president and CEO. "It has a dedicated team of researchers in medical physics, radiotherapy and clinical oncology, and MR imaging that is committed to the most accurate and individualized delivery of radiation therapy. The Christie has the perfect blend of experience and expertise to further help the consortium make MRI-guided radiation therapy a reality."

The Christie is the seventh member to join the research consortium that assesses the novel technology, which brings together state-of-the-art radiation therapy and MRI in a single system. The consortium also includes the University Medical Center Utrecht (the Netherlands), the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston), the Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital (Amsterdam), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Toronto), the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center (Milwaukee) and the Institute of Cancer Research, working with its clinical partner the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (London).

"We are very excited to be a part of an international consortium of truly exceptional centers that are striving as we are to develop technological innovations to benefit patients," said Ananya Choudhury, Ph.D., MRCP, FRCR, consultant and honorary senior clinical lecturer, clinical oncology at The Christie. "Unlike any imaging modality now in use in combination with radiotherapy, MRI can provide highly detailed images of the tumor and surrounding normal tissues. Moreover, MRI will permit physicians to noninvasively visualize and track the target during beam delivery – real-time imaging – which will further improve treatment accuracy."

The Christie joined the recent research consortium meeting at Utrecht, where the clinical indications that would benefit the most from the use of MRI-guided radiation therapy were discussed. These targets are typically going to be in anatomy that changes its position and shape either from day to day or during the treatment. The consortium anticipates the use of MRI imaging at the time of treatment will result in a considerable increase in the accuracy of the placement of the dose, reducing the need for large safety margins around the tumor target.

"When we first started this journey with Elekta and the University Medical Center Utrecht more than a decade ago, we already had a clear vision, yet we could only dream of today's MRI imaging performance," said Gene Saragnese, CEO, imaging systems at Philips Healthcare. "Since then we have come a long way, and I am convinced that with the current state of the technology and the growing consortium of leaders in radiation therapy delivery, we have the prerequisites to make the integrated MRI-guided radiation therapy technology a game changer in cancer care."

For more information: www.elekta.com

Related Content

Insightec Announces Expanded Reach of MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound
News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | August 22, 2017
Insightec announced recently that worldwide adoption of magnetic resonance (MR)-guided focused ultrasound continues to...
UCLA Study Offers Roadmap to Personalized Therapies for Sarcoma
News | Oncology Diagnostics | August 22, 2017
A new UCLA study is the first to identify patient and tumor characteristics that predict the successful creation of...
Sponsored Content | Videos | Information Technology | August 22, 2017
Melissa Martin, MS, president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), discusses her vision of t
Sponsored Content | Videos | Proton Therapy | August 21, 2017
Mark Pankuch, Ph.D., director of medical physics at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center, discusses the cl
Summit Cancer Center-Boise Treats First Cancer Patients With Accuray Radixact System
News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | August 21, 2017
Accuray Inc. and the Summit Cancer Center-Boise announced that the center is now treating patients with the Radixact...
MedStar Georgetown Proton Center Selects RayStation for Treatment Planning
News | Treatment Planning | August 17, 2017
August 17, 2017 — The proton center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital will utilize RayStation for planning on
Houston Methodist Hospital Enters Multi-Year Technology and Research Agreement With Siemens Healthineers
News | Imaging | August 17, 2017
Houston Methodist Hospital and Siemens Healthineers have entered into a multi-year agreement to bring cutting-edge...
Carestream Launches MR Brain Perfusion and Diffusion Modules for Vue PACS
Technology | Advanced Visualization | August 16, 2017
Carestream Health recently introduced new MR (magnetic resonance) Brain Perfusion and MR Brain Diffusion modules that...
ISMRM Issues Guidelines for MRI Gadolinium Contrast Agents
News | Contrast Media | August 15, 2017
The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) has provided new guidance in the use of contrast...
DOSIsoft Releases ISOgray Proton Therapy Treatment Planning System
Technology | Treatment Planning | August 15, 2017
DOSIsoft SA announced the official release, with CE marking, of ISOgray Treatment Planning System (TPS) release 4.3 for...
Overlay Init