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Prostate Cancer Patients in US and Europe Receive Treatments Using Enhanced Seed Prostate Brachytherapy Software
Date:3/31/2009

ren carried out his first treatment using VariSeed 8.0 in March. "The ease of calibration was excellent and we are evaluating the benefits of sector analysis," he said. "Permanent seed implants are becoming more common in Finland. This is a small country and patients are asking for it because their friends tell them about it. It's very easy for the patient and the treatment is outpatient-based."

"There are some really nice features with VariSeed 8.0 that aid identification and simplify dose planning," says Asa Jamtrot, medical physicist at Karolinska University's South Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. Doctors at the hospital have treated between 6 and 10 patients using the new system to date.

"It's extremely important to make the planning as easy as possible, particularly when you are in the operating room," Rebecca Claydon added. "Our customers have always liked the simple tabular flow of VariSeed which makes the system so usable, and the new digital connection to BK Medical's Pro Focus* scanner improves this workflow even more."

VariSeed 8.0 also offers brachytherapy physicists new and improved contouring tools, including the ability to contour in the sagittal and coronal planes. Contouring the urethra has been simplified by the introduction of the Structure sweep, which is also available in the VariSeed Implant View(TM) module for interactive seed placement and dosimetry. For post planning, the updated system offers a tool that creates a digital reconstruction of the CT image and makes it much simpler to define the seed placement, which has been time-consuming in the past. A typical permanent seed implant involves up to 120 radioactive seeds, each the size of a grain of rice.

Permanent Seed Implants

The use of permanent seed implants for LDR brachytherapy for early stage prostate cancer has increased in recent years. In this technique, radioactive seeds are positioned in the p
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