11/06/2018
Aktina Showcased Latest Advancements for Cancer Treatment Accuracy and Patient Immobilization at ASTRO 2018


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Congers, NY (November 6, 2018) – Aktina Medical, the industry’s primary source for radiation oncology needs, leveraged its participation at the ASTRO show’s 60th Annual Meeting by showcasing the company’s latest advancements for improved radiosurgery accuracy, and patient immobilization and comfort. Featured Aktina solutions on display at ASTRO 2018 included its SenoView prone breast system, SpiroCheck Duo® quality assurance system; Electronically Interlocking Small Field Circular Cones, and the Memorial Cradle 2 immobilization system for body radiosurgery.

“Our participation in ASTRO 2018 was rewarded as our solutions for improved radiosurgery accuracy, and patient immobilization and comfort were extremely well received by attendees,” said Nicholas G. Zacharopulos, COO, Aktina Medical. “Aktina was established years ago from within the radiosurgery community to innovate practical and cost-effective solutions for longstanding challenges faced by radiosurgery providers. And we have sustained this approach in developing new and innovative solutions to this day, as we will moving forward.”

Aktina Medical showcased the following solutions at ASTRO 2018: 

The Aktina SenoView prone breast system solves many of the current problems with standard prone breast boards. The unique patented design orients the patient in a semi-decubitus position resting on an adjustable sternal bridge, allowing the treatment field edges to be viewed and marked for both the medial and lateral fields. SenoView delivers a significant advantage over standard prone breast boards, where the medical field cannot be visualized on the patient’s skin for field edge marking and verification.

SpiroCheck Duo® quality assurance system for Active Breathing Coordinator (ABC) is accurate to within 1.25%, ensuring precise readings and performance 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’s Electronically Interlocking Small Field Circular Cones ensure accurate radiation dosage by eliminating human error. The patented system of lead-based interlocking cones with stainless steel sleeves to prevent lead contact feature carved channels and grooves that match corresponding channels and grooves carved into the applicator. As each cone is inserted into the applicator, they depress (or don’t depress) specific switches and confirm that they are the proper size cone for the programmed dosage. The control software, which has been integrated with the cones and applicator, compares the installed cone with the programmed plan and confirms they match before proceeding. The system also comes with a quality assurance cone that depresses every switch and tests them to assure functionality, ensuring that any installed cones will be recognized and confirmed accurately.

Also displayed at ASTRO 2018 was Aktina’s Memorial Cradle 2 immobilization system for body radiosurgery, which provides a unique method for patient immobilization. Originally co-developed between Aktina Medical and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the system utilizes side pressure on the patient to achieve superior immobilization and patient comfort. This unique modular approach allows for excellent flexibility in SBRT positioning with direct index to table crossbar and paddle sets.

 
11/05/2018
Cone-Based Stereotactic Radiosurgery on Modern Linear Accelerator—Renewed Physics Considerations


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A study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology confirms cone-based linear accelerator SRS program using FFF beams was established with high precision and accuracy in targeting and dosimetry.
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07/17/2018
Aktina Features New SpiroCheck Duo® ABC Quality Assurance Solution at AAPM 2018


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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


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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


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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.