Elekta VMAT in use in Europe

Two sites in Europe are using Stockholm-based radiation oncology firm Elekta's Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) technology for clinical treatment.

VMAT recently received regulatory clearance for use at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, U.K., and General Hospital Vienna in Austria to treat cancer.

VMAT has not yet received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

VMAT technology is designed to continuously irradiate a tumor while the source of the beam is rotated around the patient in single or multiple arcs. By simultaneously controlling gantry position, gantry speed, leaves of the multileaf collimator, collimator angle, and dose rate, a highly conformal dose distribution is created in less time than other treatment techniques.

A treatment session can take five minutes or less, including 3D imaging to secure the location of the target.

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