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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.”
 
August 15, 2011
International Cancer Center Reports PinPoint Results

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The International Cancer Center (Centro Internacional de Cancer) of the Hospital de Diagnostico, is the first dedicated comprehensive cancer center in El Salvador, it was established in February of 2011, promoting cancer awareness, early detection and advanced cancer treatments. It was the second institution in Latin-America to incorporate Tomotheraphy and the first institution to establish an Image Guided Body Radiosurgery Program (IGBRS).

Dr. Eduardo Lovo is a Neurosurgeon whose main interest are in Neurological Oncology and Radiosurgery, he has introduced multiple innovative techniques to El Salvador and Central America such as: Tractography Image Guided Surgery (IGS), awake craniotomy and cortical mapping for tumors in eloquent cortex, intraoperative ultrasound and most recently, Cranial and Spinal Radiosurgery with Tomotheraphy. He is the current Medical Director of The International Cancer Center of The Hospital de Diagnostico de El Salvador and Coordinator of the Neuro-oncology program of the same Hospital.

The Aktina PinPoint system was incorporated in early march of 2011 as a tool that could potentially immobilize patients to true intracranial radiosurgical standards, exploding the image guidance system capacity of Tomotheraphy (on-board CT), as well as highly conformal radiation distribution. In our hypothesis this combination could bring new and improved characteristics to the more traditional stereotactic radiosurgery schemes, such as: shorter treatment times (<30 minutes), maximum patient comfort (truly painless), elimination of potential “target miss” as this set-up is not dependent on stereotactic coordinates (eliminating erroneous determination or manual execution of coordinates) or unperceived frame slippage that without a 3D Image Guidance (CT) immediately before treatment would not had been detected, and finally it could facilitate fractionated radiosurgical (?5 fractions) treatments that are beneficial for larger lesions and organs at risk (AOR) sparing.
Since then, in a short period of time more than 40 radiosurgical sessions have been given for intracranial pathology. Our current investigative work was designed to determine patient movement during radiosurgical treatments with Aktina Pin-Point system; it basically consisted in doing the obligatory Megavoltage-CT (MVCT) before treatment and a second MVCT at the end of treatment, as well as a final image fusion to determine the amount of movement that had occurred.

Ten patients were included that harbored 12 intracranial tumors and that were treated with 18 radiosurgical sessions, six patients received single fraction radiosurgery and four received fractionated radiosurgery. Our results demonstrated that corrected movement for negative and positive values for X 0.47 mm, Y 0.56 mm, Z 0.37 mm and Roll axis was of 0.36 mm. http://www.aktina.com/news/international-cancer-center-reports-pinpoint-results/Average beam on time was 12.2 minutes, if patient setup and both MVCTs (before and after) were taken into consideration average time of treatment was 31.2 minutes (22.1-42 minutes).

The main advantages we have seen with this treatment set-up are true radiosurgical head immobilization standards in comparison to face-mask where patient movement can be above 1mm.

“The PinPoint system is quite simple to use with a small learning curve, paying attention to details (head mold, no air leaks in the teeth mold, etc) is the “key” for adequate intracranial radiosurgery, paying attention to details is no different than conventional stereotactic radiosurgical procedures, with the main difference that it is non-invasive in nature.”

Dr. Eduardo Lovo, MD

 

 
August 4, 2011
Aktina Unveils SenoView, a Revolutionary Prone Breast System

AAPM Conference 2011
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Aktina Medical presented to the AAPM conference a completely unique method for performing prone breast treatments. The Aktina SenoView solves many of the current problems with standard prone breast boards. The SenoView’s patent pending technology allows for complete visibility of the breast from both lateral and medial fields, does not compress the patient’s opposing breast, and allows for motorized fine-tune angular corrections of the patient’s setup.“The response we received from the show attendees was overwhelmingly positive. There was a very strong consensus that a useful prone breast system has been long overdue. And it was great to see how excited therapists and physicists were during the SenoView product demos.”Michael Plantamura, CMD, RTT
Northeast Regional Sales Manager
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The SenoView System was co-developed with Andrew J. Tamas, the Chief Radiation Therapist at Union State Bank Cancer Center. analysis of website To learn more about the history of the SenoView System, please visit the SenoView product section here.Estimated Product Release Date Sep 2011. US Patents PendingFor more information, contact Matthew Kelly (888)-433-3380 matt.kelly@aktina.com
 
July 11, 2011
South Pasadena Cancer Center Implements PinPoint SRS

South Pasadena Cancer Center, a state of the art outpatient cancer center, was among the first in the Los Angeles area to offer RapidARC treatments. The goal for their SRS/SRT program was to introduce a non-invasive technique with consideration to patient comfort without compromising accuracy.

South Padadena took delivery of their PinPoint system in February of 2011.

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Medical Physicist

“Aktina’s Pinpoint has allowed us to implement a successful RapidARC based SRS/SRT program. We feel it does a great job minimizing interfraction and intrafraction uncertainties. http://www.aktina.com/news/south-pasadena-cancer-center-implements-pinpoint-srs/Moreover, the ease of setup makes it an ideal device for our busy clinic.”

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Chief Radiation Therapist

“With the Aktina pinpoint, we’ve seen a major reduction in patient rotation on our cbct’s prior to treatment. It’s a major improvement over the traditional thermoplastic mask. Set-up time is minimal.”

 

For more information, contact Matthew Kelly (888)-433-3380 matt.kelly@aktina.com