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CIVCO's Protura™ and Universal Couchtop™ Installed at U.S. and International Cancer Centers
Date:4/20/2011

KALONA, Iowa, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CIVCO Medical Solutions' Protura Robotic Patient Positioning System and Universal Couchtop (UCT) have been recently installed by two top cancer centers: Moores Cancer Center, San Diego, U.S., and Zurich University, Zurich, Switzerland and are being used clinically in both locations. Additionally, CIVCO recently entered into a joint interface agreement with Varian Medical Systems regarding Protura and UCT. Each device is now validated for use with Varian's Clinac® and Trilogy® platforms, offering an advanced robotics option for Varian Exact® treatment couches. CIVCO currently has 8 robotic systems installed on Varian linear accelerators and several more pending installations.

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"This is a significant milestone in the development of Protura," said Mike Saracen, vice president, advanced robotics & IGRT solutions at CIVCO. "We are pleased to offer this solution complementing Varian's dynamic, versatile Clinac platform. Protura provides customers with the benefits of precision robotic positioning to meet the motion management demands of IGRT." Protura's ability to interface with existing IGRT-enabled linacs supports sub-millimeter patient positioning and corrections with 6 degrees of freedom.  This along with the interface supporting automation is the ideal solution for streamlining throughput and enabling more accurate treatments.

"Varian is committed to providing an open architecture for our treatment delivery solutions," said Corey Zankowski, senior director of product management at Varian.  "We want to give our customers the flexibility to adopt new and advanced technologies that best meet the needs of the clinic and their patients."

"The Protura 6 degree of freedom robotic treatment couch is the next step in correcting the pati
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