June 11, 2010 - As the adoption of volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) becomes more widespread, a new upgrade to a treatment planning solution is designed to indicate where clinicians can improve their VMAT plans.
Version 2.03 of the Monaco treatment planning system is engineered to enhance planning specifically for Elekta VMAT. Monaco provides features to aid clinicians in planning around structures effectively for Elekta VMAT delivery and accurately predict the total dose the patient will receive.
Monaco helps indicate where clinicians can improve Elekta VMAT plans, according to Rob Cessac, product manager, Elekta Software.
"By using biological optimization and Monte Carlo dose calculations, Monaco VMAT can help clinicians design timely and accurate treatment plans," he said. "The resulting plans are of similar quality to IMRT, but can be delivered in much less time, enabling a more efficient clinic and a better patient experience."
In advance of the full launch of Monaco 2.03, sites in Asia, Central America, Europe and the United States have clinically implemented the planning system for Elekta VMAT delivery.
For additional information, visit www.elekta.com/monacovmat.