The Project Management Team at Radiology Oncology Systems (known as R.O.S. for short) recently completed a major project involving installation of a refurbished Elekta Synergy linear accelerator system at a major public institution in Australia. Such an installation generally takes between eight to twelve weeks. In this case, ROS’s team provided an “expedited installation” and completed the work in just under four weeks.
Tommy Hughes, Sr. Manager, Field Operations at ROS, stated, “we received full acceptance to OEM standards by the facility’s physics & medical staff in under four weeks—this is a record for our company, and a big accomplishment for our team”.
Globalization of the Pre-Owned Medical Equipment Market
Did you know that many Linear Accelerators in operation in the U.S. today were pre-owned linacs sourced in Europe, Australia or Asian countries? Or that many pre-owned systems in operation in Latin America came from the U.S.? The world of pre-owned Radiation Therapy and Diagnostic Imaging Equipment has become truly global, and ROS is at the heart of this globalization. ROS recently completed a de-installation project in Central Europe where a Linear Accelerator system was relocated to a hospital in the Caribbean.
The complexities of an overseas project such as this can be enormously challenging. In the realm of Radiation Oncology, there are often regulatory obstacles, logistical challenges, language barriers, and sensitive timelines to consider.
Radiology Oncology Consultants announced that it has installed a linear accelerator system for cancer treatment. This new radiation therapy machine allows some of the most advanced cancer treatment technology available today. Radiation therapy is used to treat over 50% of all cancer cases in the United States, and this new machine manufactured by Varian Medical Systems has “On-Board Imaging” and RapidArc®, two cutting-edge technologies that will allow Radiology Oncology Consultants to treat patients with unprecedented speed and accuracy.
It is a daily commitment when you are a cancer patient undergoing radiation therapy. You must show up for therapy nearly every day for weeks at a time. Although radiation therapy is non-invasive and you may find it to be a relatively comfortable procedure, it is disruptive to your everyday life. The last thing you want to hear is that you must travel far out of your way for each treatment because your radiology oncology center’s treatment equipment is down.
Radiation Oncology Teaching Hospital Solution
The old adage you learn something new every day is true. Even when you’ve provided linear accelerators (linacs) and CT scanners to facilities around the world for years, you can still encounter a customer needing a unique solution. Radiology Oncology Systems (ROS) of San Diego recently completed one such project: a teaching hospital in Brooklyn had a very specific need within a specific budget and timeframe. New York Methodist Hospital’s Center for Allied Health Education, a radiation oncology teaching hospital, reached out to ROS about acquiring a patient-positioning system for use in training their students.
When James Madison University (“JMU”) of Virginia contacted R.O.S., we were excited. After all, two R.O.S. associates are graduates of JMU–Michael Teague and Ashley Saunders.