Xcision Announces Leading Italian Hospital to Acquire GammaPod™ Stereotactic Radiotherapy System for Breast Cancer
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
COLUMBIA, Md., April 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Xcision Medical Systems, LLC today announced that Azienda Universitaria Integrata di Udine (ASUIUD) in Italy will acquire the GammaPod™ Stereotactic Radiotherapy System, a new treatment system with the potential to offer shorter courses of highly conformal radiotherapy for women with breast cancer.
"We selected GammaPod because of its practice-changing potential," said Marco Trovò, MD, head of the Radiotherapy Department at ASUIUD. "In Italy and throughout Europe, our field is moving to treat early stage breast cancer patients with shorter courses of radiation. The GammaPod is completely noninvasive and could potentially allow our patients to receive a full course of treatment in only one to five fractions."
The GammaPod uses a first-of-its kind breast cup system that immobilizes the affected breast to minimize motion and provides stereotactic localization for treatment planning. This enables clinicians to precisely target the area to be treated and direct highly conformal doses of radiation that fall off sharply to spare surrounding healthy breast tissue, the heart and lungs. During treatment, the dose is dynamically painted to the target as the patient's breast moves through the point where 25 beams converge to deliver a focal dose of radiation. Additionally, the beams rotate continuously during treatment, which creates thousands of beam angles to improve the uniformity of target coverage.
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