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Planning system debuts in Philips booth


Other headlinesVarian allies with Calypso to track tumorsNucletron signs oncology outpatient networkFDA clears Chinese 16-slice CT

Planning system debuts in Philips booth
Philips unveils this week a thin-client system that can support up to 16 users of its Pinnacle treatment planning software. The new product, Pinnacle3 SmartEnterprise, debuted yesterday in the Philips booth 26 to 30 at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine meeting in Anaheim, CA. Its centralized database eliminates the need to transfer plan files and streamlines workflow from one user location to another. Advanced treatment planning for image guided radiation therapy supports the handling of 4D image sets. Multiple image sets can be imported with a single mouse click. Expanded DICOM export functionality helps reduce time spent on recomputing data.

Varian allies with Calypso to track tumors
Varian Medical Systems will integrate Calypso Medical Technologies’ real-time localization technology to track tumors. The Calypso technology uses miniature implanted transponders to provide precise, continuous, real-time information about the location of tumors during external beam radiation therapy. The technology complements Varian’s state-of-the-art technology for delivering intensity-modulated radiotherapy, including its RapidArc radiotherapy.

Nucletron signs oncology outpatient network
US Oncology has signed its network of oncology services providers to use Nucletron’s brachytherapy portfolio. Included among the 25 Nucletron systems in the portfolio are the company’s microSelectron 30 Channel Digital high dose rate brachytherapy afterloader and its DICOM-compatible treatment planning system Oncentra Brachy.

FDA clears Chinese 16-slice CT
The NeuViz 16 multi-slice CT scanner from Neusoft Medical Systems has cleared review at the FDA. NeuViz 16 features an advanced detector and dynamic focal spot for high spatial resolution, according to Neusoft. Its DoseRight Modulation and a specially designed pediatric protocol minimizes patient dose. The company commercially launched a PET scanner in May 2009. The company, whose products are widely distributed in China, has subsidiaries in Japan, Europe and the U.S.

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