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Elekta Family of Companies to Highlight Cancer Treatment Solutions at 2008 AAPM Annual Meeting
Date:7/25/2008

HOUSTON, July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Elekta Family of Companies will showcase their unique line of cancer treatment solutions at the 2008 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) annual meeting, demonstrating how the joint forces of Elekta, IMPAC and CMS are delivering cutting-edge radiation therapy planning and delivery solutions that streamline the treatment process to create a better experience for patients, as well as enhance clinician efficiency.

"Our recent acquisition of CMS brings a high level of treatment planning expertise into the Elekta Family of Companies," says Joseph K. Jachinowski, President and CEO of Elekta North America. "CMS' radiation treatment planning resources will help strengthen and accelerate Elekta's long-term strategy and vision, and working together, we have the opportunity to fundamentally transform clinical practice in a manner that will deliver significant benefits to our customers and their patients."

The integration of CMS also will help accelerate Elekta's vision of an EMR-focused radiotherapy software solution that will encompass the products and services of all Elekta companies. At the same time, CMS will continue to develop, sell and support products for all other equipment providers.

Innovation on Display in Three Booths at AAPM

In addition, Elekta (booth 424), IMPAC (booth 124) and CMS (booth 224) also will exhibit a wide range of treatment solutions, including:

-- Elekta VMAT, a new intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment technique that that improves the sparing of critical structures and healthy tissue in dramatically shorter treatment times -- without comprising target coverage and patient safety. (Elekta VMAT received FDA 510k clearance in June 2008.)

-- Elekta Synergy(R), the market-leading multi-functional Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) system that provides automated workflow tools and 3D volumetric imaging at the time of treatment.

-- Leksell Gamma Knife(R) Perfexion(TM), the latest generation of Gamma Knife surgery for cranial radiosurgery and the only radiation technology that has been specifically FDA approved for the treatment of brain metastases.

-- Elekta Axesse(TM), a whole body, robotic image-guided stereotactic treatment management system. This cutting edge technology streamlines workflow through a combination of advanced robotics, integrated software and patient-friendly immobilization.

Oncology information products will be on display at the IMPAC booth. MOSAIQ(R), image-integrated electronic medical record, MOSAIQ(R) RTP* suite for treatment planning, MOSAIQ(R) Oncology PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System), an oncology specific PACS and SYNERGISTIQ(TM) will be showcased. SYNERGISTIQ is a unified therapy treatment console environment that eliminates bottlenecks associated with simultaneously managing otherwise complex image-guidance and delivery processes.

CMS, an Elekta Company, also will be demonstrating the latest advancements in radiation treatment planning and workflow management solutions, including: XiO(R) 3D/IMRT treatment planning platform, Monaco(TM) IMRT planning system, the desktop, PC-based Focal distributed planning solution and the comprehensive Focal 4D suite, as well as Atlas-Based Autosegmentation* and Virtual Reality Simulation** software.

Events Held in Conjunction with AAPM

In addition, the Elekta, IMPAC and CMS also are hosting the following educational seminars and events:

-- Sunday, July 27, 5:30 -- 8:30 p.m., Annual Beer Bash at the Home Plate Bar and Grill, 1800 Texas Avenue

-- Monday, July 28, noon -- 1 p.m., Leksell GammaPlan(R) Users Luncheon at the Hilton Americas Houston Hotel, 1600 Lamar

-- Tuesday, July 29, noon -- 1 p.m., VMAT Innovation Summit Luncheon at the Hilton Americas Houston Hotel, 1600 Lamar

For additional information about these events, visit

http://www.elekta.com/aapmevents .

*Pending 510(k) clearance

**Works-in-progress

About Elekta

Elekta is an international medical technology group, providing oncologists, radiation therapists, neurosurgeons and many other medical specialists with state-of-the-art tools to fight serious disease. Elekta provides advanced clinical solutions and comprehensive management and information systems, as well as services for improved cancer care and management of brain disorders.

Elekta's systems and solutions are used in more than 5,000 hospitals around the world. Clinical and information management solutions include, among others, Leksell Gamma Knife(R) for non-invasive treatment of brain disorders, Elekta Axesse(TM) for stereotactic radiosurgery or radiotherapy of the spine and body and Elekta Synergy(R) for advanced intensity modulated and image guided radiation therapy, as well as the MOSAIQ(R) suite of software for image-enabled EMR and efficient management of clinical and patient data.

With more than 2,500 employees globally, Elekta corporate headquarters are located in Stockholm, Sweden and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb.


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