Radiology Oncology Systems, Inc. (“R.O.S.”) of San Diego, California, announces another installation of Cyrpa Patient Positioning Lasers in the United States.
St. Charles Medical Center’s radiation therapy department chose CYRPA Lasers to put into its new vault housing an Elekta linear accelerator because of its state-of-the-art capabilities, including dual-diode (dual color) laser beams and auto-calibration.
This is the second installation of CYRPA Lasers St. Charles Medical Center has coordinated with R.O.S.; the first set of lasers being installed earlier this year in May.
Radiology Oncology Systems presents the Swissray SR Pulse 710™ Wide Bore MRI system. It offers the widest internal bore of 71cm (about 28 inches). Due to the wide bore, this system doesn’t discriminate patient size and therefore allows access to all patients who need an MRI. It also allows for simulation in radiation therapy.
The system’s intelligent automated protocols offer high throughput and is built around a ZBO (zero boil-off) magnet which eliminates cryogen replacement. Combining these two qualities, and its affordable purchase price makes a very low number of procedures necessary to break even.
Many patients might feel apprehensive about undergoing an MRI examination. The open bore design of the Toshiba Vantage Titan Large Bore 1.5T creates a comfortable space in which patients of all sizes can feel at ease. Additionally, the Titan is incredibly quiet, adding to the patient’s overall comfort throughout the examination. Quietness also helps to reduce patient movement and increases the chance to image quickly, often without sedation.
Having a large bore system at your facility also enables you to reach a larger portion of the population, ultimately leading to increased revenue. For those interested in minimizing upfront capital costs, buying a pre-owned Titan system may be a smart financial investment. A pre-owned Titan is often half the price of a new system and reimbursement rates remain the same. This comfortable, safe, and user-friendly system is ideal for patient focused care and can be purchased affordably through Radiology Oncology Systems.
A PET/CT scanner combines the benefits of nuclear medicine with the clarity of x-ray imaging. For radiation oncologists, this means identifying the tumor in a patient, and knowing precisely where it is located. It’s a very powerful imaging modality, far superior in many cases to CT, X-Ray, or MRI, when dealing with cancer patients.
Although PET/CT is becoming an increasingly sought-after modality in radiation therapy, the relatively low patient load in the radiation therapy clinic makes the purchase of a PET/CT hard to justify for a practice. After all, a cancer patient will get one or two PET/CT scans during the course of a radiation therapy treatment, yet may require up to 30 or more daily treatments (fractions) on a linear accelerator.
The Elekta Gamma Knife Perfexion is a state-of the art machine which uses highly radioactive, but very well-controlled, sources to destroy tumors in the brain. It’s one of the technological wonders in the world of cancer treatment.
This machine needed removal/disposal from a major hospital in the United States, and ROS’s project management team came into action.
Radioactive sources decay over time, and eventually must be removed and disposed. In the case of this machine, all 192 cobalt-60 sources had to be carefully, professionally, and most importantly, safely, removed. This is no easy feat and requires considerable planning, specialized tools, strong regulatory oversight, and a high level of expertise in this type of equipment.
When buying a used or refurbished linear accelerator, how important are the HV hours, also known as “beam hours?”
Beam hours for linear accelerator are like the mileage on a car. They reflect the amount of time that beam has been on, and therefore are a good indication of the “wear and tear” on a particular machine.
Generally speaking, machines with higher beam hours will sell for less than those with lower beam hours, all other things being equal. Of course, there are dozens of other variables that influence the price of a linear accelerator, like the age, technologies and upgrades.
Adding or updating your facility’s linear accelerator (linac) is a decision with budgetary, space, and personnel impacts. In the following paragraphs, we hope to help you in your buying decision by explaining when it is better to seek a new linac and not a used model.
Every so often, we receive phone calls from hospitals or medical centers that need to have equipment removed in a big hurry. An MRI or linear accelerator project is usually planned months in advance, but every so often, circumstances require an expeditious removal.
R.O.S. to the rescue.
Recently, a customer in the Cayman Islands needed help in a hurry. A 2007 GE Profile Excite IV MRI System weighing 20,000 lbs., had to be removed in a hurry.
The result? On time, on budget, expeditious, professionally and safely executed, with a happy customer.
Antes de comprar un acelerador lineal de segunda mano, es importante identificar los tipos de tratamientos que ofrecerá a sus pacientes, tanto a corto como a largo plazo. Este gráfico le permite ver qué requisitos de hardware son generalmente necesarios para cada una de las diversas opciones de tratamiento. Hay excepciones a estos parámetros (por ejemplo, algunas instalaciones están haciendo SRS sin tasas de dosis más altas).
Before you purchase a pre-owned linear accelerator system, it is important to identify the types of treatments you will be offering to your patients, both in the short term and in the long term. This chart allows you to see what hardware requirements are generally necessary for each of the various treatment options. There are exceptions to these parameters (for example, some facilities are doing SRS without higher dose rates).