MUNICH, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Brainlab has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its HybridArc™ radiosurgery planning solution. This innovative software package will enable healthcare professionals to increase the efficiency of existing Linac (linear accelerator) radiosurgery hardware and offer fast, high precision volumetric arc radiosurgery treatment without the need for costly hardware upgrades.
HybridArc expands upon the clinically proven and well-established Dynamic Arc stereotactic treatment technique to offer high dose conformity to the target, while sparing nearby organs and offering less residual dose when compared to other techniques such as rotational Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy.
With over 20 years of experience in stereotactic radiosurgery for small field treatments of the brain and spine, Brainlab has facilitated high accuracy treatments for hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide. Developed with highest accuracy in mind, HybridArc uses an adaptive dose calculation matrix that takes into account the different parameters affecting dose distribution to provide the necessary precision when opting for stereotactic radiosurgery. By using software automation, HybridArc calculates plans typically within a few minutes. Coupled with reduced treatment times, more patients can potentially benefit from advanced radiosurgery. From planning to patient treatment, HybridArc ensures clinicians can meet the demands of high dose single fraction radiosurgery.
Thierry Gevaert, medical physicist at Universitair Ziekenhuis, Brussels, Belgium, who will be using the new system at his radiosurgery center, comments: "We have looked at HybridArc as a cost-effective way to expand and improve on the capabilities offered by our current radiosurgery system. By using HybridArc we can get the most from our treatment machine, and treat more patients with precision and speed without having to invest in
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