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Devices Oncology

 News Release - March 9, 2010

Still River Systems Selects RTI Software for Single-Room Proton Therapy System

RTI Middleware Facilitates Dramatic Reduction in Size and Cost of Proton Therapy Systems

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Real-Time Middleware Experts, today announced that Still River Systems has selected RTI Data Distribution Service software for the Monarch250ô PBRT System. The Monarch250 is Still Riverís proton beam radiotherapy (PBRT) system that is under development for use by physicians and their patients at cancer centers around the world.

Conventional cancer treatment uses high-energy x-rays. These affect tissue along the x-ray beam path, damaging the DNA of cancerous cells as well as non-cancerous ones. In contrast, the proton therapy systems have been shown to tailor high-energy doses to attack cancerous tumors while minimizing damage to adjacent tissue. Other PBRT systems cost $100 million or more and can require the space of a football field. Still River will provide a cost-efficient PBRT system that fits in a single radiation therapy bunker room once the Monarch250 is cleared by FDA.

Still River uses RTI Data Distribution Service as the coordinating data-bus between the Monarch250ís programmable logic controllers (PLCs) used for motion control, and the rest of the system, which includes monitoring, delivery and display technology.

"Still River chose RTI for data distribution and system control because RTI provides a fully featured solution that complies with the Data Distribution Service standard," said Stanley Rosenthal, VP of Clinical Systems at Still River Systems. "Medical devices must deliver reliability and safety. RTI facilitated this by providing a quality product and consultants who helped design and verify our proper and optimized use of RTI middleware."

"RTI software is used in a variety of mission-critical applications, including medical devices," said Stan Schneider, CEO of RTI. "We are delighted that Still River is using RTI software in a system that will directly improve the lives of people suffering from cancer."

About RTI

Real-Time Innovations (RTI) provides high-performance messaging and integration infrastructure for distributed real-time applications. RTI is the leader in the rapidly growing market for Data Distribution Service (DDS) compliant middleware. A broad range of industries leverage the company's software and design expertise, including defense, intelligence, simulation, industrial control, power generation, transportation, finance, medical, and communications. Founded in 1991, RTI is privately held and headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.

Source: Real-Time Innovations

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