Technology | April 29, 2009

FDA Clears Patient Positioning System for Improved Proton Therapy

Stock image

April 29, 2009 – The FDA cleared of a new generation of patient positioning system (PPS) developed by Ion Beam Applications S.A. (IBA) and ProCure Treatment Centers Inc. (ProCure), which is designed to improve proton therapy.

The basic configuration of the robotic PPS is a Selective Compliant Assembly Robot Arm (SCARA). It combines commercially available robotic sub-systems, which makes it cost-effective and easy to maintain, with custom designed arms to allow for the specific needs of patient positioning in proton therapy. A unique dual coupler system is attached at the end of the wrist of the robot arm that is used to attach different devices to the PPS, such as a patient table or chair, or a test phantom. The device employs reportedly safe robotic technology that meets the standards of the Robotics Industry Association (RIA).

Some specific design elements of the PPS compared to earlier generations include:

- An increase of the clinically usable area of the proton therapy treatment room. This larger work envelope also makes it suitable for image-guided proton therapy in combination with 3D imaging capability in the treatment room.

- Optimized movement speeds designed for safe and precise motion of the PPS. The range of speed and motion with the pitch-and-roll axes of the robot is restricted to reduce the sensation of movement when the patient is on the table.

- The ergonomics are said to be better, as there are no moving parts in the floor system that supports the device, which allows greater accessibility to the treatment area for patients and therapists

The new PPS is part of ProCure’s strategy to make proton therapy better and more accessible. This includes making the therapy more cost effective and creating a platform that will allow easy integration of future advanced image-guided proton treatments.

The first clinical installation will be at the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City, scheduled to open this summer.

For more information:


Related Content

IBA Gathers Experts on Flash Irradiation During ASTRO
News | Proton Therapy | September 17, 2019
IBA (Ion Beam Applications SA, held its third Victoria Consortium Meeting focusing on Flash irradiation at the 2019...
Accuray to Display Motion Synchronization Cancer Treatment Technologies at ASTRO 2019
News | Radiation Therapy | September 09, 2019
Accuray announced that it will showcase its motion-synchronization cancer treatment technologies at the upcoming 2019...
Apollo MR3T Laser Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance
Technology | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | September 04, 2019
LAP LLC announced its Apollo MR3T positioning laser for radiation therapy has received U.S. Food and Drug...
Civco Highlights Universal Couchtop ProForm at ASTRO 2019
News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 30, 2019
Civco will display its Universal Couchtop ProForm Head & Neck Solution at the 2019 American Society for Radiation...
Videos | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 21, 2019
This is a quick demonstration of the Varian Identify image-guided patient positioning system at the...
Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality

Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD

News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019
Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton...
MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center

The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec.

News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a...
Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems
News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019
Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated...
IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas
News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019
IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution...