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Accuray and the German Cancer Research Center Sign Master Research and Collaboration Agreement
Date:5/22/2012

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Since 2004, Accuray has entered into a number of project-specific research collaborations with DKFZ, including the co-development of the Iris™ Variable Aperture Collimator, an adjustable beam-shaping device developed to enable multiple changes in collimator size for the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System. The Iris Collimator enables more conformal treatments, less total dose (Monitor Units) to the patient and has allowed CyberKnife treatment times to be cut by as much as half.

The research collaboration surrounding TomoTherapy® technology is longstanding as well, including exploration of new treatment options with helical TomoTherapy and associated journal publications about advanced use of helical TomoTherapy. The University of Heidelberg was the first TomoTherapy installation in Germany in 2006. A second TomoTherapy System was installed in 2010. Together these systems – a TomoHD™ and a TomoTherapy Hi-Art® – treat approximately 700 patients per year, representing 70 percent of the approximately 1,000 patients treated by intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) at the hospital each year, and 20 percent of the approximately 3,500 patients treated by their Radiation Oncology department each year.

About The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
The German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) with its more than 2,500 employees is the largest biomedical research institute in Germany. At DKFZ, more than 1,000 scientists investigate how cancer develops, identify cancer risk factors and endeavor to find new strategies to prevent people from getting cancer. They develop novel approaches to make tumor diagnosis more precise and treatment of cancer patients more successful. Jointly with Heidelberg University Hospital, DKFZ has established the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg where promising approaches from cancer research are translated into t
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