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September 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.

 

 
September 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.

 
July 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.

 

 
July 3, 2012
Olympic Medical Reports PinPoint Initial Results for Head and Neck Treatments

For more than 22 years, the Radiation Oncology department at Olympic Medical Center has been at the forefront of patient care: from the early days of conventional therapy, IMRT and stereotactic radiotherapy, to state-of-the-art techniques such as VMAT and SBRT. Olympic was also the first facility on the west coast north of Stanford to treat with the new high tech Varian TrueBeam accelerator.The Radiation Oncology staff has been dedicated to improving the quality of their treatments. This is highlighted in their most recent efforts to improve Head and Neck treatments beyond what is currently capable with thermoplastic masks.By purchasing the Aktina PinPoint system, Olympic believed that an alternative approach to thermoplastic setups was possible. They committed themselves to learning and investing in new technology, and thus, they pushed the limit as to what is possible regarding Head and Neck setup uncertainty and intra-fractional movement. drs. zimmerman and shevach with truebeam 300

In December of 2011, Olympic took delivery of their Aktina PinPoint System to be used for both cranial radiosurgery as well as Head and Neck localization and immobilization.

Their first patient was treated in April of 2012. Their first experience with the Aktina PinPoint system has confirmed their beliefs, that it is possible to reduce setup uncertainty and intra-fractional motion, as well as increase patient compliance.

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Chief Radiation Therapist“We’ve been very pleased with the results of the Aktina PinPoint system so far. I fully expected the cranial set-up to work (which it has), but the Head and Neck system is a game changer. http://www.aktina.com/news/olympic-medical-reports-pinpoint-initial-results-for-head-and-neck-treatments/We get less than 1mm daily variation from the initial set-up, to say nothing of no movement during treatment! It’s beyond our expectations.”
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Michael Shevach, MD

Radiation Oncologist“With the initial results with the Aktina PinPoint system, we would really be very optimistic to move entirely away from thermoplastic masks for Head and Neck cases. PinPoint has proven itself to be more accurate and easier on the patient.”