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Elekta and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Sign Strategic Multi-Center Radiation Therapy Systems Agreement
Date:6/5/2008

of expert physicians, medical physicists, dosimetrists and radiation therapists to thoroughly research and review all options. "Elekta won a very competitive award, and we chose them because they offered a better solution for our patients," said Dr. Kenneth Hogstrom, chief of physics, MBP.

Joseph K. Jachinowski, President and CEO of Elekta North America stated: "We are extremely pleased to be able to supply our treatment delivery devices to Mary Bird Perkins. They have been a long time user of our Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system and the combination of adding Elekta Synergy treatment systems with the EMR will further enhance the integration of the delivery of cancer care benefiting patients across Mary Bird Perkins' network of facilities."

VMAT with Elekta Synergy

MBP makes it a priority to always be a pioneering user of new technologies that will improve patient outcomes. Elekta Synergy will enable the institution to implement Elekta VMAT* (Volumetric intensity Modulated Arc Therapy). This major advancement in radiation therapy surpasses traditional IMRT techniques by dramatically decreasing treatment times and providing highly conformal radiation dose distributions.

"In many cases, we feel Elekta VMAT will allow us to produce plans that are superior to those using conventional gantry-static IMRT deliveries," says Dr. John Gibbons, chief of clinical physics, MBP. "We look forward to helping Elekta deploy the application of VMAT technology for the benefit of cancer patients in Louisiana."

Elekta's VMAT solution will vary the monitor units (MU) per degree and beam intensities "on the fly" by simultaneously manipulating gantry position and speed, MLC leaves, dose rate, collimator angle and back-up diaphragms, all while the treatment beam is on. Additionally, where IMRT plans consist of several fields, or control points, the VMAT technique effectively has an unlimited number of fields.

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