Philips debuts volumetric-modulated arc therapy planning solution

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Royal Philips Electronics has introduced SmartArc, an independent technology for volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) treatment planning that can be used with both Elekta and Varian Medical Systems linear accelerators.

Available as a module in Philips Pinnacle3 version 9 radiation treatment planning software, the new planning option can be used with any VMAT-capable delivery system, Philips said. VMAT is an advanced form of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in which the treatment machine rotates around the patient while the treatment beam is on. Philips SmartArc allows single or multiple user-definable arcs and supports both constant- and variable- dose rate delivery.