Author Archives: CPS

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

Should You Repair It or Replace It: LINAC Systems

LINAC, linear accelerators, are an essential part of treating tumors and destroying cancer cells in people, while leaving the normal tissue alone. While this is an effective treatment for specific types of cancers, as the machines have built-in safety measures that only deliver the required dosage, they can also start to fail over time. When the system fails you will question whether you should continue Read More

Maintaining Radiation Oncology Equipment

Biomedical equipment technicians have the arduous job of repairing medical equipment used in hospitals and various health practitioner’s office. These machines are quite complex and carry out work that the normal human being can’t such as processing x-rays into visible images or magnifying test samples thousands of times, therefore any glitch, malfunction, or downtime is unacceptable because it can affect the entire medical procedure, which Read More

What Role does a LINAC System Play in Cancer Radiation Therapy?

Cancer is a disease that affects people all over the world. There aren’t any guaranteed cures for the fatal disease. However, one-way cancer is treated is through radiation therapy. In this, high-energy rays are used to prevent cancer cells from dividing and spreading further in the body. The rays damage the cells which is why they lose their ability to grow and spread. Linear accelerators Read More

Microbubbles increase radiotherapy success against breast cancer

A new study by researchers at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center has found that injecting microbubbles filled with oxygen into breast cancer tumors makes them three times more sensitive to radiotherapy. Credit: Kateryna Kon/ Microbubbles are small bubbles that can be used to deliver oxygen into cells. The study, which was published in the International Journal of Radiation, involved the use of animal models of breast Read More

We can be heroes: the masks putting children with cancer at ease

A Leeds play specialist has got creative with an imposing piece of equipment – and transformed an intimidating experience ‘Children have the opportunity to become their heroes and this empowers them.’ Photograph: Lobke Marsden Putting on a radiotherapy mask that covers your face, stretches over your shoulders and fastens to a treatment bed to hold you in place can be a claustrophobic experience for most Read More

LINAC in cancer treatment: The UDUTH model

At the Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital there are machines, and there is also the Linear Accelerator, commonly known as the LINAC. A true scientific marvel, it is used to treat cancer patients. Historically, doctors used radiation-filled glass tubes implants to destroy cancer cells since 1898. But this was imprecise and collateral damage was much. The modern LINAC, is a laser guided missile producing millions Read More