Healthcare Industry News: radiosurgery
News Release - September 16, 2009
First CyberKnife System Installed in CanadaSUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 16 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY ), a global leader in the field of radiosurgery today announced that Centre Hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal (CHUM) has installed a CyberKnife® Robotic radiosurgery System at Hopital Notre-Dame du CHUM, in Montreal, Canada.
''The addition of the CyberKnife to the CHUM's Radio-oncology Department is a definite asset for our treatment program, offering another alternative to our patients and consolidating even further the CHUM's role as a Canadian leader in the field of oncology," said Jean-Paul Bahary, M.D., F.R.C.P. ©, Head, Radio-oncology Department, Centre hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal.
CHUM, one of the largest radiation oncology centers in Canada, will utilize the CyberKnife System to treat both intracranial and extracranial applications including those in the lung, spine and prostate.
"Since announcing CHUM's purchase of a CyberKnife System, doctors and patients have been eager to see world class radiosurgery come to Canada," said Euan S. Thomson, Ph.D., president and CEO of Accuray. "We are very excited to announce that the System has been installed and has begun treating patients."
CHUM is one of the leading academic sites in North America for the number of accruals for protocols developed by the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) of the American College of Radiology (ACR), demonstrating the center's leadership in research and innovation.
The Centre hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal provides specialized and ultra-specialized services to a regional and supra-regional clientele. Within its more immediate coverage area, the CHUM also provides general and specialized hospital care and services. The CHUM uses an integrated network model to carry out its five-part mandate of care, teaching, research, the assessment of technologies and health care methodologies, and the promotion of health care. Through its determined efforts to continuously improve quality of care and patient safety, the CHUM has again received accreditation from the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation, for the 2007-2010 period. www.chumtl.qc.ca
About the CyberKnife® Robotic radiosurgery System
The CyberKnife Robotic radiosurgery System is the world's only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body non-invasively. Using continual image guidance technology and computer controlled robotic mobility, the CyberKnife System automatically tracks, detects and corrects for tumor and patient movement in real-time throughout the treatment. This enables the CyberKnife System to deliver high-dose radiation with pinpoint precision, which minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue and eliminates the need for invasive head or body stabilization frames.
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 70,000 patients worldwide and currently 176 systems have been installed in leading hospitals in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.accuray.com.
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