News | March 26, 2009

First Middle East Hospital Installs Hi·Art System

March 26, 2009 - Saudi Arabia’s leading cancer center, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) in Riyadh, will become the region’s first to treat patients with the Hi·Art treatment system, TomoTherapy Inc.’s next-generation radiation therapy solution designed to improve the precision of cancer care.

KFSH&RC commemorated the historic Hi·Art treatment system installation in a ribbon-cutting ceremony during a scientific meeting held at the hospital March 9-12, 2009.

TomoTherapy’s Hi·Art treatment system is unique among radiation therapy devices in its computed tomography (CT) scanner-based design. The system allows clinicians to efficiently acquire a CT image of the patient immediately before daily treatment to help ensure accuracy. Then, using the same equipment as used in imaging, the treatment team can deliver highly-precise radiation in a continuous, 360-degree (helical) pattern.

“We look forward to employing TomoTherapy® treatment technology to benefit our patients in terms of minimization of dose to normal tissue and improvement of side-effect related outcomes,” said Dr. Mohammad Al-Shabanah, Section Head, Radiation Oncology, KFSH&RC. “One area of interest for us is the use of total marrow irradiation to support our large bone marrow transplant program.”

“We are very excited at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre to open our TomoTherapy unit, which is the first in the Middle East,” said Belal Moftah, M.D., chairman, Department of Biomedical Physics of the KFSH&RC. “We plan on maximizing the advantages of integrated CT imaging and highly-modulated beam delivery that TomoTherapy provides.”

For more information: www.tomotherapy.com

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