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 News Release - October 18, 2006

University Clinic Heidelberg Celebrates 100 Years of Radiation Oncology, Hosts Symposium on the TomoTherapy(R) Hi-Art System(R)

MADISON, Wis.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--During the month of September, the University Clinic Heidelberg celebrated 100 years of radiation oncology, commemorating the establishment of the Czerny-Klinik (originally the Institute for Experimental Cancer Research) in 1906 by Vincent Czerny, a pioneer in radiotherapy.

As part of the celebration, the Czerny-Klinik held a special Symposium on TomoTherapy® radiation treatments. The Symposium took place on September 26, 2006 and focused on the first technical and clinical experiences with a TomoTherapy® Hi-Art System® in the German-speaking countries. The Heidelberg clinic presented their first 15 patients treated on the state-of-the-art Hi-Art System, including a number of cases that could not have been treated sufficiently with conventional IMRT.

In addition, Dr. Thomas "Rock" Mackie, Ph.D., co-founder of TomoTherapy Incorporated, spoke on the history and future of TomoTherapy technology, and on how the Hi-Art System can be used to lower dose to sensitive tissues. Additional Symposium speakers, including Prof. Dr. Guy Storme of AZ VUB Brussels and Prof. Dr. Klaus Herfarth of University Clinic Heildelberg, addressed topics ranging from image guidance and adaptive radiotherapy to site planning and installation.

"The symposium was a great success," notes Prof. Dr. Jurgen Debus, Medical Director of the Clinic's Department of Radiooncology and Radiation Therapy. About 200 radiation oncologists and physicists from all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland were present for the event.

During breaks, conference attendees were invited to tour the Heidelberg Clinic's TomoTherapy Hi-Art System. The clinic is the first facility in Germany to offer TomoTherapy radiation treatments for cancer.

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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