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Devices Oncology

 News Release - August 3, 2006

TomoTherapy(R) Radiation Treatments Begin in Germany

University Clinic Heidelberg is the First to Treat Cancer Patients With the Hi-Art System(R)

MADISON, Wis.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Aug. 3, 2006--TomoTherapy Incorporated announced today that the University Clinic Heidelberg became the first German institution to treat cancer patients with the TomoTherapy® Hi-Art System®. Four other major university hospitals in Germany will soon follow, offering image-guided radiation therapy on the industry's most advanced platform.

"The University Clinic Heidelberg is very proud to be the first center in Germany which can offer the new TomoTherapy treatment to its patients," said Prof. Dr. Jurgen Debus, Medical Director of the Clinic's Department of Radiooncology and Radiation Therapy. "It is a perfect addition to our concept in Heidelberg, which ranges from IMRT, stereotaxy and radiosurgery to proton and heavy ion treatments."

Prof. Dr. Debus continued, "The (Hi-Art System's) novel combination of CT and linear accelerator technology brings new possibilities to improve the precision of radiation therapy and allows us to treat cases which have been very difficult to treat with standard linear accelerators."

In discussing installation of the System, Dr. Gabriele Sroka-Perez, Head of Medical Physics for the Department, explained, "It was a challenge for our team to install and commission the first TomoTherapy Hi-Art System in Germany. The innovative technology used in the System required new approaches for the commissioning and approval process. Because of the perfect collaboration with the experts from TomoTherapy Inc., we found good solutions in a very short time. Our expectations for the performance and stability of the TomoTherapy System were more than fulfilled."

Dr. Fred Robertson, CEO of TomoTherapy Inc. expressed his congratulations. "We are pleased to share this milestone with the University Clinic Heidelberg, and with patients throughout the region," Robertson said. "We look forward to the coming months, when we'll install four more Hi-Art Systems in Germany, moving that much closer to our mission of providing the best radiation treatment for patients worldwide."

Additional German sites to receive TomoTherapy Hi-Art Systems include Charite Berlin, the University Clinic Essen, the Clinic of the Technical University Munich Rechts der Isar and the University Clinic Hamburg.

About TomoTherapy Incorporated

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, US, TomoTherapy Incorporated has developed a revolutionary new medical system that combines on-board CT imaging with conformal radiation therapy to provide unprecedented precision in the treatment of cancer patients. The TomoTherapy® Hi-Art System® is designed to target radiation treatment to the patient's tumor while helping to limit damage to the surrounding tissues. The technology was developed in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin. To find out more, please visit our website at

About the University Clinic Heidelberg

The Radiotherapy Department of the University Clinic Heidelberg is one of the leading RT centers in the world. In collaboration with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the Clinic has developed and clinically introduced a number of new techniques, including stereotactic and 3-D conformal treatment and IMRT. The University Clinic Heidelberg will open the world's first dedicated medical proton and ion treatment facility next year.

Source: TomoTherapy

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