July 1, 2014 — Civco Medical Solutions announced a partnership with 21st Century Oncology to utilize Civco’s 6 Degrees of Freedom Protura Robotic System. 21st Century will be using Protura in conjunction with CIVCO’s newly released Universal Couchtop Kevlar Extension and Varian Medical Systems’ Calypso System for the treatment of prostate cancer. When treating patients with external beam radiation therapy, Protura remotely repositions patients with robotic 6 degrees of freedom to ensure sub-millimeter positioning accuracy of the targeted tumor. Protura provides more accurate positioning of the patient, minimizing the exposure of radiation to surrounding healthy tissue.
“Modern radiation therapy techniques require high precision and accuracy, therefore correct patient positioning is becoming one of the most important issues in radiation oncology,” said Steven Finkelstein, M.D., Board Certified radiation oncologist and national director of 21st Century Oncology’s research arm, Translational Research Consortium (TRC). “The addition of Protura will provide additional treatment verification and allow for more customized treatment plans tailored to patient needs.”
Protura will be installed and integrated with an existing Varian Medical Systems’ Trilogy linear accelerator at 21st Century Oncology’s Scottsdale location. This is the first Protura installation in the state of Arizona.