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10/07/2020
New positionPRO Improves Intracranial and Head and Neck Radiation Treatments

Improving Intracranial and Head and Neck Radiation Treatments with New Immobilization Solutions

One of the most important factors to ensure the success of Intracranial and head and neck radiation treatments deals with patient immobilization and positioning. Without an accurate and known position for treatment areas on the simulation couch top and the LINAC, it is impossible for technicians to accurately deliver the prescribed radiotherapy.

This challenge is even more critical for intracranial, C-spine, and head and neck treatments because of the close proximity of other vital and sensitive areas, and the typically small target size where radiation is to be delivered.  In these situations, even small inaccuracies and uncertainties translate into large discrepancies on a percentage basis. An ideal solution should assist in ensuring positioning accuracy while enabling technicians to work more efficiently.

Innovative solution for patient immobilization and positioning

The new Aktina positionPRO™ modular immobilization system is designed for accuracy and implementation flexibility, while also supporting technician speed and efficiency. The combination of these feature attributes results in operational benefits as well as improved patient comfort.

Here are a few of the advantages provided by this innovative treatment solution:

1. Speed and ease of use

Aktina positionPRO combines patient immobilization with position correction in a single solution. The system’s interchangeable head support modules allow quick transitions between enhanced thermoplastic or vacuum fixation modes, saving valuable time.

 2. Extreme accuracy

Aktina positionPRO is based upon a unique precision pitch and roll correcting overlay. When combined with a highly effective means of patient immobilization, the resulting treatment support system delivers the highly reliable and reproducible accuracy required for intracranial treatment positioning, c-spine treatment positioning, and other head and neck treatments.

3. Operational flexibility

Aktina positionPRO was designed on a flexible modular platform with today’s advanced radiation therapy clinic in mind. The heart of the system (the pitch and roll correcting overlay) can be easily indexed to any treatment or simulation couch top with interchangeable head support modules for use with either thermoplastic or vacuum fixation modes. Ergonomic hand grips and a unique thermoplastic shoulder support option provide added treatment flexibility.

4. Patient comfort

Radiation treatment is stressful and can be uncomfortable for patients, which can be further exacerbated by extended immobilization and set up times. Aktina positionPRO is designed for maximum patient comfort while maintaining high positioning accuracy. It is also designed for fast setup and efficiency, which helps minimize periods of immobilization and improves the overall patient experience. 

Head and neck radiosurgery treatments present some unique challenges, and effective patient immobilization and positioning are critical for radiation treatment accuracy. Aktina positionPRO provides an accurate, efficient patient positioning solution for head and neck radiation treatments, helping to contribute to better patient outcomes.

Visit positionPRO or contact us for more information.

 
07/23/2020
Aktina Introduces Innovative positionPRO™ Radiotherapy Patient Immobilization and Set-up System

Modular Pitch and Roll Correction Enabled Immobilization System Designed for Cranial, Head & Neck and C-Spine Treatments

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Congers, NY (July 23, 2020)Aktina Medical, the industry’s primary source for radiation oncology solutions, announces the availability of the company’s new positionPRO™ pitch and roll correction enabled immobilization system for cranial and head and neck treatments. The innovative cost-effective modular solution provides patient immobilization and precision position correction for intracranial, C-spine, and head and neck regions.

“positionPRO is designed to provide better radiotherapy treatment outcomes by improving patient immobilization and position correction while providing the highest degree of patient comfort possible,” said Nicholas G. Zacharopoulos, COO, Aktina Medical. “Combining patient immobilization and position correction in a single solution provides radiotherapy technicians with a pragmatic solution that increases treatment efficiency.”

positionPRO was designed with today’s advanced radiation therapy clinic in mind. Built on a modular platform, positionPRO is designed for patient immobilization and position correction for intracranial, C-spine, and head and neck treatments. The heart of the system is a unique pitch and roll correcting overlay which can be easily indexed to any treatment or simulation couch top. The system features interchangeable head support modules allowing for quick transition to enhanced thermoplastic or vacuum fixation modes. Ergonomic hand grips and a unique thermoplastic shoulder support option provide added treatment flexibility and increased patient immobilization.

Aktina positionPRO is currently available.

 

 
09/15/2019
Aktina Showcases New Radiotherapy Patient Immobilization Solutions at ASTRO 2019

Congers, NY (September 15, 2019) Aktina Medical, the industry’s primary source for radiation oncology solutions, is introducing several new products here at ASTRO 2019, September 15th through 17th in Chicago, Illinois, in Booth #4235. Featured introductions include PositionPro™, a new pitch and roll correction enabled immobilization system for cranial and head and neck radiotherapy treatments, a new line of Thermoplastics and a strapless Respiratory Compression Belt.

In addition, Aktina Medical will be showcasing its successful line of Interlocking Small Field Circular Cones which ensure accurate radiation dosage. The patented system of lead-based cones with stainless steel sleeves reduces the risk of human error by confirming the installed cone matches the programmed plan before proceeding. Also, on display will be the industry leading SpiroCheck Duo automated quality assurance system for the Active Breathing Coordinator. The system ensures precise readings to within 1.25% and performance in critical radiotherapy planning and treatment.

“We are pleased to announce these innovative new products at ASTRO 2019 that are designed to help ensure better patient outcomes with the highest degrees of efficiency and effectiveness in clinical settings,” said Nicholas G. Zacharopoulos, COO, Aktina Medical. “We look forward to showcasing these new solutions with show attendees and listening to their feedback regarding new innovations and industry trends.”

Aktina’s exhibit at ASTRO 2019 will also include the company’s impressive array of non-invasive immobilization solutions including the Memorial Cradle2 for body radiosurgery, SenoView Prone Breast System, Axion 1 Carbon Fiber Breast Board and more.

For more information on Aktina Medical’s extensive line of products, call toll free at 888-433-3380, email info@aktina.com or visit www.aktina.com.

 
08/01/2019
Five key advantages Aktina SRS Cones provide when used with Elekta LINACs

The manner in which radiosurgery treatments are administered directly impacts patient outcomes, as well as the duties and tasks of technicians, the time required to set up and deliver treatments, and the myriad costs associated with them. When using Elekta LINACs, Aktina SRS Small Field Circular Collimators, or SRS Cones, provide one of the most precise and cost-effective radiotherapy delivery tools. Here are five key advantages to consider:

  1. Speed and ease of use

Aktina SRS Cones are light-weight, simple, and easy to use. For example, the cone adapter simply snaps onto the Elekta LINAC head without the need for modifications to the collimator face plate. Inter-changeable cones are available over a range of 5 through 40mm field sizes in increments of 1mm to cover the full range of expected treatment diameters: and changing from one size of cone to another can be done in seconds. 

  1. Extreme accuracy

Aktina SRS Cones are manufactured to extremely tight tolerances, appropriate to their purpose. SRS cones are made with lead as the attenuating material and feature a rugged stainless steel exterior that protects the softer inner components and ensures a long, accurate life.

The precision cone mounting mechanisms incorporated into SRS Cones is extremely reproducible without any play, eliminating the need for additional adjustments and alignments. This provides a fast, reliable, and reproducible location of the precision cone to help ensure highly accurate treatments. In most cases, the accuracy of treatment using SRS Cones is completely sufficient and does not require the use of specialized, single-purpose SRS systems.

  1. Built-in Quality Assurance

Aktina SRS Cones provide QA functionality with a “fool-proof” design to ensure consistent treatment accuracy, and are barcoded and register with the application software to ensure proper radiation dosage delivery. Additionally, Aktina SRS Cones feature carved channels and grooves that match corresponding channels and grooves carved into the applicator. As a cone is inserted into the applicator, it depresses specific switches to confirm that it is the proper size cone for the programmed dosage. The control software, which is integrated with the Aktina SRS Cones and applicator, compares the installed cone with the programmed plan to confirm that they match before treatment delivery.

  1. High cost-efficiency

Specialized, single-purpose SRS systems can be very costly. Aktina SRS Cones deliver highly accurate treatments at lower cost with built-in quality controls.

  1. Endorsed by Elekta

Elekta Instrument AB, a world-wide leader in LINAC systems, is a global distributor of Aktina SRS Cones for use in cancer treatments and various other radiation therapies. This further validates the performance, accuracy and cost-efficiency of Aktina SRS Cones.

Radiosurgery is more accurate and effective than ever. The use of Aktina SRS Cones with Elekta LINACs is helping contribute to better patient outcomes. Contact us for more information about SRS Cones and how to make use of them at your treatment facility.

 
07/14/2019
Aktina Debuts New Radiotherapy Patient Immobilization Solutions at AAPM 2019

New Products Complement Aktina’s Extensive Radiotherapy Portfolio of QA Solutions

Congers, NY (July 14, 2019)– Aktina Medical, the industry’s primary source for radiation oncology solutions, is providing an exciting first look at several new products at AAPM 2019, July 14th through 18th in San Antonio, Texas, in Booth #1344. Featured introductions will include PositionPro™, a new pitch and roll correction enabled immobilization system for cranial and head and neck treatments.

Aktina Medical will also be showcasing its industry-leading SpiroCheck Duo automated quality assurance system for the Active Breathing Coordinator, as well as the company’s comprehensive line of immobilization solutions which greatly enhance patient comfort, improving the overall radiotherapy experience and assuring the highest levels of treatment accuracy.

“We are pleased to announce these innovative new products at AAPM 2019 that are designed to help ensure better patient outcomes with the highest degrees of efficiency and effectiveness in clinical settings,”said Nicholas G. Zacharopoulos, COO, Aktina Medical. “We look forward to receiving feedback on these new solutions from experts in the field attending AAPM, as well as our development partners.”

Aktina’s exhibit at AAPM 2019 will also include the company’s impressive array of non-invasive immobilization solutions including the Memorial Cradle2 for body radiosurgery, Respiratory Compression Belts, SenoView Prone Breast System, Axion 1 Carbon Fiber Breast Board and more.

For more information on Aktina Medical’s extensive line of products, call toll free at 888-433-3380, email info@aktina.com or visit www.aktina.com.

 

 
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