July 31, 2012 — Civco Medical Solutions is showcasing new robotic integration, a new addition to the Universal Couchtop family and new fiducial markers at the 2012 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C.
The Protura 6DOF (degree of freedom) robotic patient positioning system now integrates seamlessly with the AlignRT 3-D surface imaging solution from Vision RT. This integration allows the AlignRT user to apply calculated translation and rotational shifts automatically to the Protura system from within the intuitive AlignRT user interface. The AlignRT system is noninvasive, does not require the use of markers and adds no further irradiation, while the Protura system provides automated, consistent and accurate 6DOF patient alignment. The combination of positioning accuracy, advanced technology and data consistency provided with system integration makes Protura an ideal choice for streamlined workflow and increased patient throughput.
In addition, the new Universal Couchtop Long Extension (CT LE) facilitates better delivery of dose and target coverage by eliminating the interference of rails and junctions with radiation delivery. The robust and durable UCT LE features a large junction-free and artifact-free treatment area. All four extension options attach and detach with ease. The profile of the UCT LE allows Civco’s SBRT (stereotactic body radiotherapy) Body Pro-Lok bridges to attach directly to the couchtop, enabling a seamlessly integrated SBRT immobilization platform.
Civco is also highlighting two new markers designed for image fusion:
- FusionCoil images as well in MR (magnetic resonance) as in CT (computed tomography), providing a superior reference for image fusion, and works with all image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) systems.
- PolyMark is the first biocompatible polymer-based marker. The PolyMark is visualized in MR, creates virtually no artifact in CT and is clearly visible in kV-based IGRT solutions.
For more information: www.civco.com
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