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CIVCO's Protura™ Installed at Puerto Rico's Instituto Radioterapia del Este

KALONA, Iowa, Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CIVCO Medical Solutions' Protura Robotic Patient Positioning System has been installed at the Instituto Radioterapia del Este in Puerto Rico. Assisting with highly accurate positioning and efficient workflow, the Protura system elevates the level of radiation therapy available in the Puerto Rico area and eliminates the need for many patients to travel for treatment.


CIVCO's Protura system fully enables IGRT by providing sub-millimeter corrections with 6 degrees of freedom. "I am very grateful to have treated our first patients at our state-of-the-art cancer center here in Puerto Rico," said Dr. Carlos Remedios, Chief Medical Officer for Instituto Radioterapia del Este. "We have the ability to treat the most complex and challenging cases, offering the most advanced radiotherapy options that patients would have to travel long distances to get similar offerings." Protura has provided the center with additional confidence and the ability to treat challenging cases.

"The installation of the Protura system at this facility represents a major leap forward in the level of treatment technology available in this region," said Mike Klein, CIVCO President of Radiation Oncology. "CIVCO's 6 degrees of freedom robotic couch dramatically expands the ability to optimize dose while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. CIVCO is proud to provide such cutting edge technology to a community based cancer treatment center."

The facility is also using CIVCO's SBRT immobilization system, including Body Pro-Lok Bridges, and CIVCO's Universal Couchtop on a GE Big Bore RT-16 CT. "This is the only installation of CIVCO's Protura and Varian's latest Trilogy linear accelerator technology in Puerto Rico," said Eric Knipfer, Director of Protura Business Development for CIVCO. "I am very happy to see this kind of technology introduced. This enables patients to receive state-of-the-art treatments, including from the center's new SBRT program, without having to travel to locations such as Miami to receive similar offerings."

With more installations taking place frequently, CIVCO's Protura Robotic Patient Positioning System and SBRT immobilization packages will continue to play a vital role in radiation therapy worldwide.

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About CIVCOCIVCO Medical Solutions has over 30 years of experience and offers cutting-edge medical technology to a diverse group of medical professionals. The Multi-Modality Imaging (MMI) unit designs and manufactures accessories for use in diagnostic and therapeutic imaging and interventional procedures, with a strong focus on ultrasound. MMI's products range from infection control products including a wide range of ultrasound and CT covers to device guidance, positioning and electromagnetic needle tracking. CIVCO's Radiation Oncology division designs and manufactures products for radiation oncology treatment, including basic patient positioning equipment as well as high technology robotic motion management and advanced patient positioning for SBRT. CIVCO offers patients and clinicians the newest and best technology available to improve patient care.

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