Healthcare Industry News: proton
News Release - October 30, 2007
Accuray Enters Partnership with Still River SystemsAccuray to Provide Robotic Patient Positioning System for Lower Cost proton Therapy Solution
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 30 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY ), a global leader in the field of radiosurgery, announced today that the company has entered into a partnership with Still River Systems, developer of high quality, cost-effective proton beam radiotherapy solutions, and will provide them with a robotic patient positioning system.
Accuray will supply a version of its RoboCouch® Robotic Patient Positioning System, which intelligently positions patients with 6 degrees of freedom for treatment, enabling clinicians to automatically re-position the patient from the control room. The patient positioning system will be used with Still River Systems' Monarch 250(TM) PBRT System, a practical, cost- efficient, single-room proton beam radiotherapy (PBRT) system scaled for use at most cancer centers.
"We are pleased that Still River Systems recognizes Accuray's prominent position in the field of medical robotics and has chosen us to develop their patient positioning system," said Chris Raanes, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Accuray Incorporated. "Accuray's technologies are precise and will allow the Monarch 250 System to provide optimal patient positioning accuracy and comfort."
"As it is well recognized that precise positioning is required to gain the advantages of proton therapy, we are excited to work with Accuray to bring new standards of excellence to positioning patients for these treatments," said Marc Buntaine, CEO of Still River Systems. "With our Monarch 250 System including a custom version of the RoboCouch, physicians will be able to quickly and precisely position patients in correct translation and rotational alignment for each proton treatment fraction."
Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY ), based in Sunnyvale, Calif., is a global leader in the field of radiosurgery dedicated to providing an improved quality of life and a non-surgical treatment option for those diagnosed with cancer. Accuray develops and markets the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System, which extends the benefits of radiosurgery to include extracranial tumors, including those in the spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas. To date, the CyberKnife System has been used to treat more than 35,000 patients worldwide and currently more than 100 systems have been installed in leading hospitals in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.accuray.com.
About Still River Systems
Still River Systems, Inc., a company based in Littleton, Massachusetts, is developing the Monarch250 System, a medical device for the treatment of cancer patients using proton beam radiotherapy (PBRT). The Monarch250 PBRT System is not FDA cleared.
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