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RaySearch and Philips enter license agreement for VMAT product

RaySearch Laboratories AB and Philips Medical Systems Inc. have signed an extension of the existing IMRT agreement covering a new treatment planning product for VMAT treatments.

VMAT (Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy) is a new advanced form of IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) where the treatment machine rotates around the patient while the treatment beam is turned on. This concept enables faster treatment delivery compared with traditional IMRT where the patient is irradiated from a few selected angles. At the same time treatment quality remains similar or can be improved compared with IMRT which is the current golden standard.

The product will be integrated in Philps’ Pinnacle3 treatment planning system and will be marketed under the brand name SmartArc. A prototype has already been integrated in Pinnacle3 and will be demonstrated at the major trade shows during 2008. The final product is expected to be available for clinicians during the first half of 2009.

“The VMAT concept was recently introduced by the hardware vendors. It has already created tremendous interest in the industry, so this product has a very large potential for RaySearch. This is also an area that suits us exceptionally well with our deep optimization expertise and market leading software platform. The results I have seen so far from the current prototype are very promising both in terms of treatment quality and delivery time as well as optimization speed. Therefore I am convinced that SmartArc will be highly appreciated by the Pinnacle3 users,” says Johan Löf, President of RaySearch.

Johan Löf, President and CEO, RaySearch Laboratories AB
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