ASTRO 2012

ASTRO’s 54th Annual Meeting in Boston followed the theme “Advancing Patient Care through Innovation” and included changes in demographics, physician-based deliver IT systems to meet future demand, the significant growth in science and technology transfer, and shifts in patient attitudes and expectations, all within a context of a healthcare delivery network.

There was a lot on display at the meetings, including a variety of newly released technology.

Accuray unveiled several new pieces, including their latest linear accelerator, the TomoTherapy H Series, consisting of the TomoH, TomoHD and TomoHDA systems. These three systems range from low-level to high-level configurations and all feature improved system performance.

Elekta was also exhibiting at ASTRO, and their booth featured hourly demostrations of the Agility 160-leaf MLC which was integrated with their Infinity linear accelerator.

In the realm of stereotactic radiosurgery technologies, Varian Medical Systems unveiled their EDGE radiosurgery suite, which is currently pending FDA 510(k) clearance. This system uses Calypso real-time motion management and allows delivery rates up to 2400 MU/min.

Accuray also revealed their new stereotactic radiosurgery technology, the CyberKnife M6 Series, which is also currently pending FDA 510(k) clearance. Similar to the TomoTherapy H Series, the CyberKnife series has three systems ranging from low-level to high-level configurations.

These were not the only new technologies unveiled at ASTRO, as there were dozens of new items from a variety of manufacturers on display.

For more details on the technologies I saw at ASTRO, or to learn more about what MD Buyline is seeing and hearing from their members around these technologies, view my full debriefing of ASTRO’s 54th Annual Meeting here, or give me a call at 1-800-375-5463.

Rachael Bennett, BHS, R.T.(R)(T)
Rachael Bennett, BHS, R.T.(R)(T), Clinical Analyst — Ms. Bennett joined MD Buyline in 2008 with seven years of clinical experience in the medical field. Ms. Bennett is the primary clinical analyst for linear accelerators, stereotactic radiosurgery, mammography systems, biopsy systems and other radiation oncology and women’s health capital equipment codes. She graduated from Baylor Allied Health School with a major in radiography and went on to specialize in radiation therapy at Washburn University. She currently holds registries as both a radiographer and radiation therapist through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).