Healthcare Industry News: ExacTrac
News Release - July 26, 2010
Brainlab Offers Real-Time Monitoring for IGRTExacTrac® Infrared Monitoring builds on CBCT-based setup by tracking patient positioning throughout treatment
WESTCHESTER, Ill., July 26 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Brainlab announced the availability of ExacTrac® Infrared Monitoring, an add-on device to existing treatment machines for monitoring patient positioning during radiation therapy treatments, at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting last week.
Cone Beam CT (CBCT) is a common tool used by many cancer care centers for patient setup; however, it does not track patient position changes that can occur during treatment. The ExacTrac Infrared Monitoring ceiling-mounted device tracks the patient position throughout treatment delivery, giving clinicians more confidence for targeted radiation treatment.
A small shift from the initial patient setup can result in damage to normal tissue surrounding the tumor. The Brainlab technology uses infrared tracking to continually monitor the patient's position and check the reference position. ExacTrac Infrared Monitoring can be used during treatment of a wide range of indications, including cranial, head & neck, prostate, lung, liver and spine.
ExacTrac Infrared Monitoring works with most linear accelerators and can be easily upgraded to the full ExacTrac® system. ExacTrac offers high-resolution stereoscopic x-ray imaging that targets tumors and corrects patient positioning with sub-millimeter precision in a quick and automated two-minute setup.
"With the introduction of ExacTrac Infrared Monitoring, we are proud to launch a product that gives clinicians a cost-effective tool for their real-time patient tracking needs," said Trevor Earle, Product Line Director, Oncology, Brainlab.
Brainlab develops, manufactures and markets software-driven medical technology that supports targeted, less-invasive treatment. Core products are image-guided systems and software that provide real-time information used for surgical navigation and radiosurgical planning and delivery.
Brainlab technology drives collaboration between hospitals and clinicians from a wide variety of subspecialties—from neurosurgery and oncology to orthopedics, ENT, CMF and spine & trauma. This integration delivers better access to improved and more efficient treatment.
Founded in 1989, the privately held Brainlab group has 4,880 systems installed in over 80 countries. Based in Munich, Germany, Brainlab employs 940 people in 16 offices worldwide.
To learn more, visit www.brainlab.com.
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