SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY), a global leader in the field of radiosurgery, announced today that 10 percent of its U.S. installed base has signed on to utilize the company's treatment planning service. Treatment planning by medical physicists is a core component in the workflow of CyberKnife radiosurgery treatment delivery.
Accuray's treatment planning service is designed to help customers maximize utilization of their CyberKnife System. The service connects each center's physics team to a group of remote medical physics experts who specialize in CyberKnife radiosurgery treatment planning. It can serve as a supplement for centers that require additional support to meet growing patient volumes without increasing their fixed costs. Each center can immediately take advantage of added capacity to treat more patients without altering their own staffing.
"Accuray's Treatment Planning Service has worked extremely well for us. Their service and expert group of experienced medical physicists have helped us to provide the highest level of care to our patients," said Lisa Banko, director, Radiation Oncology, Carolinas Medical Center-North East.
It also can serve as a contingency plan to help protect sites from unplanned fluctuations in staffing that they may face in a given year. By providing a pathway for collaboration with expert physicists, new customers can gain confidence, share knowledge, and begin delivering more complex CyberKnife treatments faster.
"In these challenging economic times, we recognize the importance of offering our customers resources that help them control costs and increase their patient throughput," said Euan S. Thomson, Ph.D., president and CEO of Accuray Incorporated. "We are pleased to see that a number of our customers are taking advantage of our treatment planning service as a tool to grow and run their business more efficiently."
Of the U.S. Centers that have signed on to utilize Accuray's treatment planning service, 30 percent have signed agreements for a fixed volume of use and the remainder are set up for service on demand.
The treatment planning service also offers specialized remote access capabilities, which enable physicians located outside of the CyberKnife facility a convenient mechanism to refer and plan their patients without having to drive to the facility. This convenience allows clinicians to seamlessly collaborate with the on-site staff thereby reducing the planning cycle time and enhancing the operational effectiveness of the planning process.
About the CyberKnife(R) Robotic Radiosurgery System
The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System is the world's only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body non- invasively. Using continual image guidance technology and computer controlled robotic mobility, the CyberKnife System automatically tracks, detects and corrects for tumor and patient movement in real-time throughout the treatment. This enables the CyberKnife System to deliver high-dose radiation with pinpoint precision, which minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue and eliminates the need for invasive head or body stabilization frames.
Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY), based in Sunnyvale, Calif., is a global leader in the field of radiosurgery dedicated to providing an improved quality of life and a non-surgical treatment option for those diagnosed with cancer. Accuray develops and markets the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System, which extends the benefits of radiosurgery to include extracranial tumors, including those in the spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas. To date, the CyberKnife System has been used to treat more than 50,000 patients worldwide and currently more than 155 systems have been installed in leading hospitals in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit http://www.accuray.com.
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