April 28, 2008 - Elekta filled its first New Zealand order for the Elekta Synergy system with MOSAIQ EMR and Elekta VMAT, at Auckland Radiation Oncology Limited (ARO), hoping to provide its patients with improved precision in treating tumors.

ARO will be the first site in New Zealand to utilize Elekta Synergy, which will be also capable of performing Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT). VMAT reportedly improves on Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) by simultaneously controlling the position and speed of the linear accelerator gantry, the multileaf collimator and the dose rate, enabling highly conformal radiation doses to the target site, while sparing surrounding healthy tissue.

According to the company, the Elekta VMAT significantly reduces treatment times, with most treatments completed in three minutes or less. At the treatment control console, clinicians at ARO will use the 3D imaging solution, X-Ray Volume Imaging (XVI), to obtain a low dose kilovoltage image, then analyze and correct for submillimeter patient positioning and automatically save all treatment information into the MOSAIQ electronic medical record system.

For more information: www.elekta.com

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