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 News Release - June 26, 2006

City of Hope Adds Second TomoTherapy(R) Hi-Art System(R)

Comprehensive Cancer Center Joins Growing List of Customers With Multiple Units

MADISON, Wis.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--June 26, 2006--This week, City of Hope led the way in becoming the first TomoTherapy site to begin treating patients on its second TomoTherapy Hi-Art System. City of Hope is one of the nation's leading research and treatment centers for oncology, and a pioneer in the field of bone marrow transplantation. Physicians performed the world's first total marrow irradiation (TMI) using the Hi-Art System in June 2005.

The newly-acquired second system will be used primarily for TMI treatments in preparation for bone marrow transplantation, as well as cranial and spinal treatments in the near future. "We required significantly more capacity than could reasonably be accommodated on a single unit treating all sites of malignant disease. We are pleased to have a second unit to focus on these demanding treatment techniques," says Dr. Jeffrey Wong, Chairman of the Division of Radiation Oncology.

A large number of TomoTherapy treatment centers around the world are moving to purchase their second and even third units, with nearly a dozen duplicative systems scheduled to be installed within the next year.

Besides City of Hope, the University of Wisconsin, AZ-VUB in Brussels, and Methodist Hospital in Houston are among the cancer centers planning to install additional Hi-Art Systems. Several other centers, including H. Lee Moffitt in Florida, RISO in the Netherlands, and Cromwell Hospital in London, have chosen to purchase multiple units with the initial contract.

"The fact that such renowned centers have chosen to invest in additional Hi-Art Systems for their facilities is evidence of the strong relationship we continue to maintain with our customer base through our dedication to excellent service and support," states Del Coufal, VP of Marketing at TomoTherapy Inc. "To have so many respected centers purchasing and using multiple Hi-Art Systems is compelling proof that the System offers a full spectrum of radiation therapy care for patients."

Source: TomoTherapy

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