12 February 2018

A hospital is celebrating being the first in the UK to obtain one of the most advanced radiotherapy systems on the market.

The system at Cambridge University Hospitals will enable high-precision radiotherapy, improving the accuracy and speed of bone marrow irradiation.

The £1.9 million system is due to come into use in June and is the latest generation of systems that combine CT with radiotherapy.

The Radixact system also offers “helical delivery”, which uses multiple beams of radiotherapy to deliver treatments in a continuous 360 degree pattern around the patient’s body.

The hospital says it plans to invest in a second system, to be operational  next January. Both machines will replace an earlier generation of helical delivery machines, installed ten years ago.

The trust’s professional head of radiotherapy Jemma Chapman said: “The Radixact Systems is significantly more advanced that the one it replaces and, when combined with the other equipment we have, offers clinicians a wider choice of treatments for patients.”

Source: Cambridge University Hospitals


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