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Elekta’s Leksell Gamma Knife PerfexionThe 48th American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting kicks off from Nov. 5-9 in Philadelphia. The conference carries the theme “Topographic and Biologic Targeting in Radiation Oncology.”

In addition to a number of keynote speeches, throughout the week the scientific program will feature oral abstract presentations, poster discussions, poster presentations, panel discussions, educational sessions, and leading technology. The conference will endeavor to dig deep into its core theme — through the use of imaging and precise radiotherapy — of targeting biological signaling pathways and tumor topography. In addition, the conference will feature a day-long look at multimodality therapies for head and neck cancer to improve treatment outcomes.

ASTRO also gives attendees a chance to interact with an assortment of vendors and get information about their products and services. Below is a sampling of what a number of vendors will bring to Philly.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth #1435) is demonstrating its CR Radiotherapy system that provides digital imaging for both digital simulation and portal imaging. The system is compatible with existing linear accelerators and conventional simulators, and is complementary to an electronic portal imaging device, providing enhanced workflow alternatives. The CR Workstation comes DICOM print and export ready. Images can be transmitted to other DICOM-compliant workstations such as treatment planning and information management systems to integrate radiotherapy within the network and to enable rapid image access for radiation oncologists/radiotherapists and physicists.

BrainLAB (Booth #1650) is showcasing its IGRT technology, the ExacTrac X-Ray 6D, which uses high-resolution, low-dose x-rays to pinpoint the tumor location seconds before treatment, automatically corrects any patient setup errors, and tracks patient movement throughout the entire procedure.

CAD Sciences (Booth #1740) is featuring its contrast-enhanced MRI for breast, prostate, and therapy monitoring. The company’s fTP (full-time-point) analysis technology calculates numerical (and consequently measurable) values for vascular permeability and extracellular volume fraction, which are key physiological indicators of cancer.

Eastman Kodak Company (Booth #1419) is showing enhancements to the dosimetry package for its KODAK 2000RT CR Plus System. With this optional dosimetry feature, physicists can perform a wide range of beam and IMRT quality assurance procedures in addition to the CR platform’s existing ability to capture portal localization, verification, and simulation images. Kodak’s 2000RT CR Plus System features enhanced communications capabilities for facilities that need to integrate treatment images with existing information systems.

Elekta (Booth #2000) is showcasing its Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion for stereotactic radiosurgery that was recently granted FDA pre-market clearance. The system provides a platform for further refinement and expansion of radiosurgery procedures in the brain, cervical spine, and head and neck regions. Compared to previous models, the system allows for dramatically increased treatable volume.

GE Healthcare (Booth #563/919) is displaying its AdvantageSIM MD, which is able to accomplish motion management by integrating 4D data into the planning process and provide multi-modality/multi-phase simulation for the optimal use of treatment methods such as IMRT and IGRT. GE also is highlighting its new wide-bore CT platform including the LightSpeed RT16 that enables advanced imaging for radiation therapy, and the LightSpeed Xtra, a 16-slice CT scanner designed for interventional and bariatric procedures.

Impac Medical Systems (Booth #2109) is showcasing MOSAIQ, an image-enabled oncology EMR with fully integrated business features such as scheduling, billing, and management reporting and analysis. Other IMPAC products being displayed include MOSAIQ Oncology PACS, SYNERGISTIQ IGRT workstation, and ANALYTIQ data visualization tool. Each of these systems optimize radiation therapy clinical and business processes.

MEDRAD (Booth #958) is showcasing its endorectal coil for 3.0T magnetic resonance (MR) prostate imaging. The 3.0T Prostate eCoil is available for GE Healthcare’s Signa HDx 3.0T MR scanners. MEDRAD designed the 3.0T Prostate eCoil to produce very accurate diagnostic images of the prostate that may enable early diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer. The 3.0T Prostate