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 News Release - January 21, 2008

Elekta to Supply Chu de Poitiers Hospital Center in France with Advanced Technology for Image Guided Radiation Therapy

CHU (University Hospital Center) de Poitiers has selected Elekta (STO:EKTAB) as the main partner in an ambitious program to improve radiation therapy treatment capacity in the Poitou-Charente region. Replacing equipment from a different vendor, the hospital recently assigned Elekta to deliver three Elekta Synergy® digital linear accelerator systems for intensity modulated and image guided radiation therapy. The order is valued at close to EUR 5 M.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Regulatory News: Intensity modulated and image guided radiation therapy (IMRT & IGRT) has during the last couple of years become standard for new deliveries of radiation therapy solutions and Elekta Synergy is being established as the reference system for this more precise and accurate method for radiating cancer tumors.

CHU de Poitiers, the only Radiotherapy Center focusing on advanced radiation therapy in the Poitiers area has chosen to upgrade their facilities and replace older equipment from another vendor with three Elekta Synergy systems.

“Radiation therapy is one of the most important weapons in the arsenal to fight cancer”, comments Mr Jean-Pierre Dewitte, CEO of Poitiers University Hospital. “Integrated 3D imaging, which is what is needed for true image guided treatment, will most certainly be one key factor for future improved outcomes. We surveyed the market thoroughly and found Elekta to have the most clinically proven and workflow-centric solution on the market”, ends Mr Dewitte. Elekta Synergy enables the radiation oncology staff to use extremely precise and accurate technique close to critical structures, while at the same time being flexible enough to handle virtually all cases presented in a radiation therapy department.

“We are very pleased to partner with CHU de Poitiers in the effort to improve cancer care and we are looking forward to working with Mr Dewitte and the radiation therapy department at CHU Poitiers to explore advanced methods such as in-Vivo dosimetry, gating and VMAT (Volumetric Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy)”, comments Vincent Beilvert, Managing Director of Elekta France.

About Elekta

Elekta is an international medical technology group, providing oncologists, radiation therapists, neurosurgeons and many other medical specialists with state of the art tools to fight serious disease.

Elekta provides advanced clinical solutions, comprehensive management and information systems as well as services for improved cancer care and management of brain disorders.

Elekta’s systems and solutions are used in over 4,500 hospitals around the world. Clinical and information management solutions include, among others, Leksell Gamma Knife® for non-invasive treatment of brain disorders, Elekta Axesse™ and Elekta Synergy® for stereotactic and image guided radiation therapy and radiosurgery as well as the MOSAIQ™ suite of software for image-enabled EMR and efficient management of clinical and patient data.

With over 2,000 employees globally, the corporate headquarter is located in Stockholm, Sweden and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. More information about Elekta can be found at

Source: Elekta

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