Elekta scores two N.J. VMAT orders

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CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, N.J., has purchased two Elekta radiation therapy treatment systems--the Elekta Axesse and Elekta Infinity volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) systems.

"We'll be replacing our current IMRT [intensity-modulated radiation therapy] techniques with VMAT," said Robert Smith, director of physics at CentraState. "We're looking to VMAT to increase throughput, but more importantly to reduce treatment times for our patients.

CentraState Medical Center, a part of the CentraState Healthcare System, currently is treating 45 to 50 patients a day--with fluctuations as high as 70 patients per day, all on one treatment unit.

The new systems will be installed in August 2010, according to the Stockholm, Sweden-based Elekta.