May 2, 2008 – Nucletron said it has begun the development of a new electronic brachytherapy solution using miniature X-ray technology.
According to the company, Nucletron has made progress towards the development of an electronic brachytherapy solution. Nucletron sees this innovation not as a replacement for an isotope-based brachytherapy delivery system, but as an addition to an integrated and comprehensive radiation therapy offering that includes imaging, treatment planning (external beam and brachytherapy) and isotope-based brachytherapy delivery systems.
Electronic brachytherapy uses miniature X-ray tubes to deliver nonradioactive and isotope-free radiation treatments directly to cancer sites. Similar to isotope-based brachytherapy, this type of localized radiation treatment delivers the radiation source directly to the tumor site, minimizing damage to healthy surrounding organs and tissue. Nucletron expects the new solution to be first used in the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers-- which are the most common type of skin cancer, accounting for over 95 percent of cases.
Nucletron expects to have a prototype in place for demonstration at the ASTRO 2008 and to begin clinical testing during the course of 2009.
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