Author Archives: CPS

Vertual brings the linac into the classroom

When pilots learn to fly a plane, they train on a flight simulator that artificially re-creates the aircraft environment – enabling them to hone their skills and practise expected and, importantly, unexpected flight scenarios with zero risk. So why not employ the same approach for radiotherapy? That’s the underlying premise of VERT (virtual environment for radiation therapy training) – a training simulator developed by UK Read More

Why Independent Linear Accelerator and Imaging Service is Important to the future of Healthcare.

The cost of delivering quality radiation oncology treatment is dominated by two factors; skilled, professional staff and the lifetime cost of the technology. Tomorrow’s healthcare is characterized by the need to do more with less.  Although the number of required treatments are increasing, funds available to reimburse costs will decrease, and therefore, costs will have to be controlled and reduced. In recent years, the capital Read More

How 4 Advanced Technologies Are Changing The Future Of Cancer Care

Billions of dollars are poured into cancer research every year. And while chemotherapy has been the gold standard for cancer treatment over the past few decades, it’s likely that we’ll see a shift in the coming years. New technologies are being developed at a rapid pace and exciting developments are on the horizon.   pandoraferrari / Pixabay 4 Technologies Accelerating the Fight Against Cancer Traditional Read More

Seeing the future of radiotherapy in the MR Linac

We are currently calibrating a revolutionary new type of radiotherapy machine, which is set to transform cancer treatment by allowing radiation to be aimed at tumours with extreme precision. The ICR’s Helen Craig experienced the MR Linac from the inside. The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust are the first in the UK to install a state of the art Read More

World-class facility to treat cancer in pets

A new purpose-built radiation oncology facility for dogs and cats has officially opened its doors in Sydney, promising to revolutionise the treatment of cancer in pets. The groundbreaking facility, built by the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in North Ryde, boasts Australia’s first dedicated Veterinary Linear Accelerator with stereotactic capability. “We will be able to save and extend the lives of pets across the country as a result Read More

Radiotherapy: bridging the gap

A major effort is under way to develop innovative, robust and affordable medical linear accelerators for use in low- to middle-income countries. If you live in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC), your chances of surviving cancer are significantly lower than if you live in a wealthier economy. That’s largely due to the availability of radiation therapy (see The changing landscape of cancer therapy). Between Read More

New Breast Imaging Center Opens At St. Joseph Mercy Brighton

A Breast Imaging Center has opened at the St. Joseph Mercy Brighton health center, offering new cancer detection services. A ribbon cutting Thursday marked the grand opening of the 2,670- square-foot Breast Imaging Center, which is part of St. Joe’s $41 million investment into its Livingston County hospitals. The center offers services including 3-D Screening and Diagnostic Mammography, Breast Ultrasound and various biopsy options. St. Read More

Elekta, IBM Watson Health join to work on oncology

Elekta, a developer of equipment and software used to provide care to oncology patients, is partnering with IBM Watson Health to bring artificial intelligence solutions to comprehensive oncology care. Under terms of an agreement, Stockholm-based Elekta will sell Watson for Oncology as a clinical decision support solution that will be paired with Elekta’s digital cancer care solutions, including its oncology information system. Executives for Elekta Read More