Non-Invasive Treatment Alternative will be Centerpiece to Expansion of
Radiation Oncology Facility
SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY), a global leader in the field of radiosurgery, today announced that St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston has purchased a CyberKnife(R) Robotic Radiosurgery System to further expand treatment offerings for its nationally recognized NeuroScience Center program. The CyberKnife System will be installed in a newly constructed facility designed to expand the hospital's radiation oncology facility.
St. Luke's has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's top 50 hospitals for a number of specialties, including neurology and neurosurgery. It is the only hospital in Houston, and only one of four hospitals in Texas, to be named a Neuroscience Center of Excellence by NeuStrategy, Inc.
"The addition of the CyberKnife System to our tools will further strengthen our position as a provider of innovative, comprehensive and high quality care," said Youssef G. Comair, M.D., FRCSC at St. Luke's. "When we surveyed our physicians about what new technology was needed to serve our community, they overwhelmingly believed that the CyberKnife System was the best option for our patient population. The CyberKnife System is truly a revolutionary device that will enable us to give patients a non-surgical alternative for treatment of cancer or other conditions affecting the nervous system."
St. Luke's will use the CyberKnife System primarily to treat vascular malformations and intracranial tumors, but it will give the hospital flexibility to treat tumors in the spine, lung, prostate, kidney and pancreas as well. Because the CyberKnife System combines robotics and sophisticated real-time imaging technology, it is capable of delivering high doses of radiation to tumors anywhere in the body with sub-millimeter accuracy. These capabilities eliminate the need for invasive head and body frames, which other systems require to immobilize the patient for tumor tracking. The robotic arm also enables the system to target tumors that are unreachable by other radiosurgery systems or surgery. As a result, the CyberKnife System offers new hope to patients who are considered inoperable, have surgically complex tumors, or are seeking an alternative to surgery.
"St. Luke's is renowned for its commitment to the highest standards of neurological and neurosurgical patient care," said Euan S. Thomson, Ph.D., president and CEO of Accuray. "We are pleased to be working with them to offer their patients a non-invasive alternative to brain surgery and other cancer treatments."
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 40,000 patients worldwide and currently more than 130 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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