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Prostate Cancer Patients Benefit from New Zealand Center's Adoption of Elekta VMAT Radiotherapy Technique
Date:8/2/2010

rently, the complete prostate treatment session encompasses patient set-up, pre-treatment imaging and Elekta VMAT delivery (100 seconds) for a total of 20 minutes.

"We haven't decreased the treatment slot yet because we want to gain confidence that we will have interruption-free delivery," Dr. Simpson observes. "Once we have this confidence we can start to reduce the timeslots from 20 minutes to 15 minutes. Multiplied by 20 plus patients per day, we will gain an hour-and-a-half, which should help us add more timeslots to increase access to care."

ARO building advanced healthcare enterprise to serve Australasia

Since it opened two years ago, ARO has initiated a steady stream of technology acquisitions aimed at creating a state-of-the-art facility that will complement New Zealand's public health system.

Adding an extra degree of sophistication to ARO's operation, for example, is MOSAIQ®, Elekta's solution for oncology information management.

"We were determined to be paperless from day one, so MOSAIQ was the obvious choice to go along with the Elekta systems," he says. "MOSAIQ is the key component to our efficiency at ARO. We export our VMAT plans from our treatment planning system through MOSAIQ in the same way we do for any other conventional treatment without any additional steps."

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