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Doctors Test Advanced Tool for Treating Prostate Cancer
Date:10/27/2008

Technology Designed to Confirm Precise Brachytherapy Treatment

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading radiation oncologists are using the TargetScan Touch(TM) system to deliver radioactive seed therapy in the prostate. The innovative technology is based on a motionless probe which stabilizes the prostate during procedures. With the gland stabilized, physicians use a touch-screen interface and 3-D ultrasound images to map and confirm placement of radiation.

Unveiled recently at the 2008 American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting, the TargetScan Touch(TM) has been tested at several of the nation's leading medical centers, including Emory University School of Medicine.

"This technology delivers two important benefits. First, a stabilized prostate; second, the ability to quickly and efficiently image anywhere in the prostate with the point and click function for accurate positioning of radioactivity," explains Peter Rossi, M.D., Emory's assistant professor in the departments of radiation oncology and urology. "TargetScan has a short learning curve for my residents and physicists and has demonstrated its value in that we have consistently achieved quality implants with its help."

Just launched, the system will initially be in clinical use at Emory, Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, University of Florida and New Hanover Radiation Oncology.

The system is based on the TargetScan(R) technology platform developed by Envisioneering Medical Technologies in St. Louis, under the guidance of physicians at Washington University. "Traditional hand-manipulated devices allow the prostate gland to shift, which impedes placement accuracy. By stabilizing the prostate, physicians can now implant seeds to any and every region of the gland with greater confidence," said Robert Mills, president, Envisioneering Medical Technologies.

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