07/17/2018
Aktina Features New SpiroCheck Duo® ABC Quality Assurance Solution at AAPM 2018

Hosting Free Training Sessions on New SpiroCheck Duo in Booth #1113

Aktina Medical, the industry’s primary source for radiation oncology needs, is publicly debuting the recently upgraded SpiroCheck Duo® quality assurance system for Active Breathing Coordinator (ABC) systems at AAPM 2018, July 29th through August 2nd in Nashville, TN. To support the launch of SpiroCheck Duo, Aktina Medical will be hosting free training sessions on the new system throughout the show in booth #1113. Aktina Medical will also be featuring its comprehensive line of immobilization solutions which greatly enhance patient comfort, improving the overall radiotherapy experience and assuring the highest levels of treatment accuracy.

Accurate to within 1.25%, the new SpiroCheck Duo ensures precise readings and performance of designed for use with ABC systems in critical radiotherapy planning and treatment. A Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) compliant device, SpiroCheck Duo completes a full calibration of the ABC’s spirometry and balloon valve in less than two minutes to help minimize downtime.

“Aktina Medical’s new SpiroCheck Duo easily and quickly verifies the accuracy of ABC’s to within 1.25%, so radiotherapy professionals can rest assured that they are providing optimal patient care,” said Nicholas G. Zacharopulos, COO, Aktina Medical.

The SpiroCheck Duo features a precision machined piston with a 1-3-liter calibrated volume displace connected to a linear actuator, creating sinusoidal tidal volume. The completely automated front panel LCD screen displays all Pass/Fail test results without the need to connect the system to an ABC system for post processing data analysis. PC connectivity allows for creating and printing of QC reports.The SpiroCheck Duo is compatible with ABC versions 2 and 3.

Previously, the only option was manual accuracy testing, which involved the use of hand-held syringes. This process has several drawbacks, including the inability to test the balloon valve functionality, difficulty in replicating the patient’s breathing, and operator error such as pushing too fast or too slow.

Aktina Medical is also displaying an impressive array of patient non-invasive immobilization solutions including the company’s popular PinPoint for cranial radiosurgery, Memorial Cradle2 for body radiosurgery, Respiratory Compression Belts, SenoView Prone Breast System, Axion 1 Carbon Fiber Breast Board, Elkta Active Breathing Controller, as well as a comprehensive offering of thermoplastics and assorted accessories.

 
05/08/2018
Aktina Introduces New Quality Control Appliance

Congers, NY (May 8, 2018) – Aktina Medical, the industry’s primary source for radiation oncology needs, today announced the introduction of its new SpiroCheck Duo® quality assurance system designed for use with an Active Breathing CoordinatorTM (ABC). Accurate to within 1.25%, the new Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) compliant device helps ensure precise readings and performance of ABC systems in critical radiotherapy planning and treatment. The SpiroCheck Duo completes a full calibration of the ABC’s spirometry and balloon valve in less than two minutes to help minimize downtime.

“Radiation therapy requires comprehensive quality assurance procedures to ensure precise readings and treatment delivery,” said Nicholas G. Zacharopulos, COO, Aktina Medical. “With Aktina’s new SpiroCheck Duo, the accuracy of ABC’s can be easily and quickly verified to within 1.25%, so treatment providers can rest assured that they are providing the optimal patient care.”

The SpiroCheck Duo features a precision machined piston with a 1-3-liter calibrated volume displace connected to a linear actuator, creating sinusoidal tidal volume. The completely automated front panel LCD screen displays all Pass/Fail test results without the need to connect the system to an ABC system for post processing data analysis. PC connectivity allows for creating and printing of QC reports. The SpiroCheck Duo is compatible with ABC versions 2 and 3.

Previously, the only option was manual accuracy testing, which involved the use of hand-held syringes. This process has several drawbacks, including the inability to test the balloon valve functionality, difficulty in replicating the patient’s breathing, and operator error such as pushing too fast or too slow.

 
09/21/2017
Aktina Medical Showcases Solutions to Ensure Radiation Treatment Accuracy at ASTRO 2017

 

Aktina Medical, a leader in designing and manufacturing quality radiation oncology systems, is showcasing new solutions designed to ensure the accuracy of radiation therapy treatments at ASTRO’s 2017 Annual Meeting. Products showcased include the company’s Respiratory Compression Belt, SRS Cone Adapters and immobilization systems for Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT).

“We have a very pragmatic philosophy when designing new products – to solve longstanding issues that plague physicists, treatment providers and patients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible,” said Nicholas G. Zacharopoulos, COO, Aktina Medical. “At ASTRO, we have the opportunity to display our latest products while engaging medical experts to accumulate information that will benefit the industry at large moving forward.”

Featured Aktina Medial products on display at ASTRO include:

The newly enhanced Respiratory Compression Belt which ensures greater treatment accuracy and patient comfort by comfortably restricting movement resulting from the patient’s respiratory cycle. Ideal for abdominal and lung treatments, the Respiratory Compression Belt applies 360-degree pressure evenly around the entire periphery of the patient; allows for the application of user defined pressure; and is adjustable to allow for different size patients. Unique to Aktina Medical’s Respiratory Compression Belt is a patented remote access kit, which allows therapists to monitor and adjust the belt pressure from outside the treatment vault as well as from inside. This helps patient throughput move smoothly, increasing overall efficiency at busy clinics.

Interlocking SRS Cones with automated treatment verification solves the long-existing radiation therapy problem of incorrect cone size selection at time of treatment. The patented system was the first of its kind to provide LINAC interlocks for incorrect cone size by encoding the aperture size mechanically to the cone. The interchangeable cones are lightweight and extremely accurate, available from 5mm through 40mm field sizes in increments of 1mm and can be integrated with Elekta’s LINAC Radiotherapy system for use within the Philips Pinnacle3 , Elekta Monaco, and RaySearch RayStationTreatment Planning Systems. Also showcased at ASTRO is an improved SRS cone adapter with a new two-stage precision adjustment mechanism for simpler and more accurate cone adjustments.

Products and accessories for SRS and SBRT include Aktina’s Pin-Point Vacuum Fixation Systems for sub-millimeter intracranial treatments with a variety of head support options, consumables and replacement parts.

 
09/13/2017
Aktina Medical’s New Respiratory Compression Belt Helps Improve Radiation Therapy Accuracy

As new radiation therapy techniques and treatment procedures are developed and implemented, medical professionals are turning to new assistive positioning devices to help ensure precise targeting of a tumor’s location. A leader in patient positioning and immobilization solutions for radiation therapy, Aktina Medical has introduced a newly enhanced Respiratory Compression Belt designed to help ensure greater accuracy and patient comfort.

“Since its introduction in 2009, our Respiratory Compression Belt has been well integrated into the clinical process at oncology facilities across the country,” said Nicholas G. Zacharopulos, COO, Aktina Medical. “With enhancements such as a remote access kit allowing pressure to be monitored and adjusted from the treatment console area, our latest Compression Belt becomes an even more valuable tool for cancer treatment.”

Pressure can be applied to Aktina Medical’s Respiratory Belt to restrict movement resulting from the patient’s respiratory cycle. Ideal for abdominal and lung treatments, the Respiratory Belt applies 360-degree pressure evenly around the entire periphery of the patient; allows for the application of user defined pressure; and is adjustable to allow for different size patients.

Unique to Aktina Medical’s Respiratory Belt is a patented remote access kit, which allows therapists to monitor and adjust belt pressure from outside the treatment vault as well as from inside. This helps patient throughput move smoothly, increasing overall efficiency at busy clinics – while also being a cost effective way to provide abdominal compression.

 
07/31/2017
Aktina Medical Announces Collaboration with Philips Medical Systems and Elekta Instruments for SRS Interlocking

Safety Interlocks Ensure Correct Cone Size at Time of Treatment

Aktina Medical is proud to announce a collaboration with Philips Medical Systems and Elekta Instruments for SRS interlocking at the 2017 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) conference. Aktina’s SRS Cone Adapter and Elekta’s LINAC Radiotherapy system are now integrated and automated for use within the Philips Pinnacle3 Treatment Planning System.

“Pinnacle TPS will now be capable of connecting directly to Elekta’s LINAC system with the full integration of Aktina’s Interlocked SRS cones. This functionality means that all safety interlocks will be automatically transferred along with the treatment plan in DICOM format,” said Nicholas G. Zacharopoulos, COO, Aktina Medical. “No manual intervention will be required to ensure that the correct cones size and jaw sizes are implemented at the time of treatment.”

“With the first truly interlocked cones, Aktina really set a new benchmark for safety in SRS treatments,” said Shrikant S. Kubsad, Ph.D., DABR. Director, Medical Physics, Bismarck Cancer Center. “And now that the cone interlock is fully integrated and automated within the Pinnacle planning system, the radiation oncology community will start to receive the full benefits of this partnership.”

Aktina’s adapter simply snaps onto the Elekta LINAC head without any need for collimator faceplate modifications. Aktina’s interchangeable cones are lightweight and extremely accurate, available from 5mm through 40mm field sizes in increments of 1mm. Each cone is uniquely recognized by the Elekta LINAC through the system’s bar code scanner, and the cones are electronically interlocked through the Elekta Record and verify system by a series of micro switches embedded in the cone applicator. Together, these elements help automate the confirmation process and help reduce potential errors that could occur at treatment.

“It is a pleasure working with Aktina, as they are very open and eager to implement this very important interlocking integration,” said Catherine Large, Physics Support Specialist, Philips Medical Systems. “Our Pinnacle SRS module is much more user friendly and safer with this collaboration.”

Philips is scheduled to release the Aktina Cones interlocked functionality in Q1 2018.