Nucletron to debut microSelection Digital Afterloader at AAPM

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Radiation oncology device developer Nucletron will introduce its new microSelectron Digital afterloader at the 2007 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting in Minneapolis next week.

The device provides versatility in brachytherapy by offering 6-, 18- and 30-channel systems, providing the opportunity to treat from 1 to 90 channels. The microSelectron product enables conformal treatment of localized cancers including gynecologic, breast, prostate, skin and endorectal. An investment in a six-channel use option that meets current application requirements may be later upgraded to up to 18 or 30 channels as the need arises, the Veenendaal, The Netherlands-based company said.

In addition, microSelectron connects to existing Nucletron HDR and PDR brachytherapy applicators and consumables as well as other DICOM-compliant software. It also includes onConnect, a remote service offering that is part of the OncoSupport service package. Through onConnect, the equipment provides performance data, alerts and alarms to the Nucletron support team so that proactive, rapid service and support may be delivered securely over the internet.

To speed patient throughput and provide on-site user training, microSelection includes simulation software that allows clinicians, physicists and dosimetrists to train on the system in a non-clinical setting, shortening the learning curve and optimizing patient throughput. Nucletron said would be providing customized demonstrations of the new equipment based on the cancer treatment site of interest, i.e., breast, prostate, skin, gynecologic and endorectal, at the AAPM conference.