FDA OKs Siemens' RT treatment table

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Siemens Medical Solutions has received U.S. FDA clearance for its 550 TxT Treatment Table designed for use in radiation therapy treatment environments.    
   
The 550 TxT fulfills the clinical requirements of modern radiation oncology departments, Siemens said. The system's design improves patient positioning and provides the mechanical strength that allows for a load capacity of 550 pounds (250 kg).
   
Additional features include: a choice of different carbon fiber table tops; all motorized movements with ramp-up speed functionality; ergonomic design features, such as tactile feedback buttons on the side panels of the table; and hand controls at the table with an integrated flashlight to assist with correct patient positioning in the darkened treatment room.
   
Siemens said the treatment table is now commercially available in the United States.