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Elekta European Users' Conference Attracts Top Minds in Cancer Management
Date:7/22/2011

that the system is quite good – we really appreciate it," he says. "The HexaPOD™ table works very well – it's an indispensable component to our Axesse system, particularly for stereotactic radiation therapy using ablative doses. The table offers precise positioning in six axes. In addition, the iGuide® system provides accurate localization of the patient not only in body cases, but also for brain tumor cases as well. We also appreciate the ability to finely shape treatment fields with the 4 mm leaves of Beam Modulator™."

Two months ago, the University Hospital began using Elekta Axesse for SBRT of spine tumors, and has completed six cases. Clinicians are mirroring an RTOG protocol that employs a single fraction of 16 Gy.

Dr. Ricardi also gave a presentation on soft tissue IGRT, specifically the use of Clarity soft tissue visualization for patients with prostate cancer. "We are using it for patients who are candidates to receive radical treatments [i.e., radiation only] as a guide for hypofractionated radiation therapy," he says.

Having attended all five gathering of the Elekta European Users' Conference, Dr. Ricardi was impressed by the caliber of the 2011 meeting.

"The quality of the scientific program continues to increase – from a scientific standpoint and in the breadth of subject matter," he observes. "There were talks on general radiation oncology and specific presentations on cranial tumors, lung tumors, pediatric oncology and many others. The venue was great, as were the social aspects of the meeting. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 10."

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