MD Anderson joins Philips, Elekta MRI-Guided RT collaboration

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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston has signed an agreement to join a research group to advance the development of technology to merge radiation therapy (RT) and MRI technology in one system.

MD Anderson is the second member of the research consortium, which will comprise radiation oncology centers and clinicians, and includes the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands, according to a press release issued by Royal Philips Electronics and Elekta.

The MRI-guided RT system will provide images of a patient’s soft tissues and tumor during therapy.

Prior to the establishment of the research consortium, Elekta, Philips and the University Medical Center Utrecht built and tested a prototype system that integrates a linear accelerator and a 1.5 Tesla MRI system. The integrated MRI-guided system is in development and not available for sale, the companies said.