Technology | July 25, 2007

Utilization of BrainLAB IGRT Technology Grows 117 Percent over Last 12 Months

Top performing facilities, such as Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute (CARTI), are employing the ExacTrac X-Ray 6D image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) system, enabling doctors to pinpoint tumors with increased accuracy and treat a wider variety of indications. CARTI treats up to 215 cancer patients weekly with the positioning system and other facilities are reportedly averaging 90 –100 fractions a week, in comparison to 2006 where an average of 65 fractions per week could be administered.

BrainLAB IGRT technology uses high-resolution X-rays to pinpoint tumors seconds before treatment, automatically corrects any patient set-up errors and tracks patient movement throughout the procedure. Greater accuracy means that oncologists can now treat a wider range of indications, including prostate, lung, liver and spine.

“The implementation of the BrainLAB ExacTrac X-Ray 6D system makes the advanced treatment technology available for our patients,” said Ann Maners, M.D., Radiation Oncologist, CARTI. “Thanks to the high level of accuracy built into BrainLAB technology, we now have the ability to administer more accurate treatments, which should result in fewer complications.”

Patient with tumors that were previously considered not suitable for precision radiotherapy may have new hope thanks to ExacTRac X-ray 6D system’s ability to precisely deliver a highly focused radiation dose right to the tumor.

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