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RadPro 365 News-Zone for April 2019

New from RadPro
A “Radiographers life” in Radiotherapy… a monthly Blog by Duncan Hynd
April blog is “Duncan Hynd Associates is born”


I woke up the following morning after being made redundant in the autumn of 1995, called an accountant, met them and created Duncan Hynd Associates Limited or more commonly known now as DHA. I then spoke with some of the companies that I had worked with in my past job and the majority were happy to sign up with me and my new company and so my life as a company director and business owner had started. The entrepreneurial spirit is still alive today and I am still involved in start-up companies and coming up with “good” ideas.
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“Innovations in Radiotherapy”


Our new leading monthly industry profile of the latest products and services in radiotherapy

Our new leading monthly industry profile of the latest products and services in radiotherapy.
This month we feature RaySearch

A world of experience, RayStation now with machine learning
Be part of a smarter, more efficient clinical reality with RayStation – the world’s first treatment planning system with machine learning*.
Generate high-quality treatment plans automatically using machine learning models trained on your data or data from leading cancer
centers. Or achieve world-class organ segmentation in less than a minute. Machine learning transforms every new byte of data into insight to improve future treatment for your patients.
It also brings a new dimension to automation, for planning that’s faster and smoother than you ever imagined. *Subject to regulatory clearance in some markets.

Ready to learn more?
Read more about treatment planning and machine learning

ESTRO 38 news from Partner Companies.
ESTRO 38 is the annual congress of ESTRO that will take place from the 26th to the 30th April 2019 in Milan, Italy. If you can’t make it RadPro has some highlights below or if you do plan to attend why not book a product demo or meeting spot online in advance?

Interested in learning more about current trends in treating oligometastatic disease? Join Elekta at our lunch symposium during ESTRO 38
Register here
Book your Elekta product demos at Elekta Booth #3800 before you arrive here
  • Xstrahl would like to invite you to join them in targeting optimal care at ESTRO 38, 26th-30th April 2019 in Milan, Italy. Xstrahl is launching the new Xstrahl 150 at the event, its fully redesigned and improved 150kV X-ray therapy system for treating skin cancers. A one-stop-shop for skin cancer treatments, the new Xstrahl 150 offers its usual range and flexibility but also has a fully rebuilt interior, meaning it can now offer built-in dosimetry, filter and applicator recognition, better manoeuvrability and the option of oval applicators. Read more. 
  • The Xstrahl Learning Portal is the only free online learning and reference tool for future and current radiotherapy professionals, which is open to everyone. Xstrahl Medical, global leader in superficial radiotherapy devices to treat non-melanoma skin cancer and dermatological conditions, is launching its new Xstrahl Learning Portal. This comprehensive free resource provides all current and future radiotherapy professionals access to over 20 years of radiotherapy knowledge and experience from the Xstrahl clinical panel. You can find out more here or visit stand #3420 in Milan
ESTRO’s annual congress features the largest exhibition in radiation oncology in Europe. Be there and meet with us at RaySearch to see the latest developments in oncology software
Click here to go to the special RaySearch landing page for ESTRO where you can book a demo, reserve a spot at a company presentation or find out more on their plans for ESTRO all in one place!

 “Tweets of the Month”

We highlight some of the most popular and interesting tweets of the month from partner companies

Click on the tweet to be taken to twitter. 

"Question of the month!"

What is a black hole and how does it relate to radiotherapy?

A Black hole pictured above was captured for first time in a space breakthrough in April 2019. A Network of eight radio telescopes around the world recorded the revolutionary image 55m light years from Earth.
The black hole itself – a cosmic trapdoor from which neither light nor matter can escape – cannot be seen. But the latest observations take astronomers right to its threshold for the first time, illuminating the event horizon beyond which all known physical laws collapse or do they?
Hawking radiation or black-body radiation is predicted to be released by black holes, due to quantum effects near the event horizon. It is named after the physicist Stephen Hawking, who provided a theoretical argument for its existence in 1974 by combining both Einstein’s laws of relativity and quantum mechanics to show that they do in fact glow and are not completely black.
Hawking radiation is true
electro-magnetic radiation and not thermal by nature and so by being formed by photons and other larger charged particles brings us neatly back to our profession!
To find out more click here

"What we’re watching"

e showcase some selected videos of interest to our readers in radiotherapy and those from our partners

Elekta showcases a radiotherapy milestone with the 5,000th linear accelerator assembled at our Crawley, England facility. In addition to being a prolific manufacturer of this life-changing technology, we are a leading innovator, pushing the boundaries of precision radiation medicine. Watch 
Elekta Flexitron testimonial from Clatterbridge Hospital, Liverpool, UK
Superficial Radiotherapy as a treatment for Dupuytren’s disease and skin cancer. Watch 
RADiant is the first dual-modality surface radiation therapy system offering a non-surgical treatment alternative that’s smart, simple and successful—for your patients and your practice. Watch 

"What We’re Reading"

Curated News feed

Curated news items from partner companies, organisations and the press/media…
What we’re reading from partner companies in radiotherapy:

Robustness in treatment planning
The quality of a radiation treatment plan strongly depends on the ability to deal with setup uncertainties and density interpretation errors, as well as from changes in patient anatomy.
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RayStation 8B…Start with an idea for vastly improved treatment planning software. Take some of the world’s best developers and clinical specialists. Then innovate ceaselessly for nearly two decades, drawing on insight from world-leading cancer centers.
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  • Patagonia center joins global radiosurgery community with Elekta solutions. Read more.
  • Elekta to offer improved clinical quality assurance through investment in iRT Systems. Read more.
  • Elekta Unity MR-linac receives Red Dot Award for high design quality. Read more.
The Combifix is a baseplate system providing enhanced positioning for the pelvic region and other lower extremities. The system combines the Kneefix™ 3 and Feetfix™ 3 cushions with optional Elevation Blocks into a fixed and indexable position. Read more.
CIVCO Radiotherapy brings leading-edge innovation, increased patient comfort and rigidity for head and neck treatment with the Solstat Immobilization System. Read more. 
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  • Xstrahl Medical, global leader in superficial radiotherapy devices and advanced radiation research systems, has been named the best specialty radiotherapy systems manufacturer in the 2018 Global Health & Pharma Awards. Read more.
  • A leading dermatology center in Tennessee has commenced advanced skin radiotherapy treatments using the new RADiant treatment system from Xstrahl Medical, global leader in superficial radiotherapy devices to treat non-melanoma skin cancer and dermatological conditions. Read more.
  • Xstrahl Learning Portal is the only free online learning and reference tool for future and current radiotherapy professionals, which is open to everyone. Read more.

What we’re reading in the Press and International Media, some selected thought-provoking stories:

Daily Mail article on UK PBT
Wales to become a 'global player' in cancer treatment as
pioneering centre opens offering proton beam that saved Ashya King to NHS patients
Wales is to become a leading player for offering
a pioneering cancer treatment, according to health officials.
Private clinic The Rutherford Centre in Newport, South Wales, has treated its first NHS patient with proton beam therapy. 
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And in the US
Neoadjuvant Strategy Improves Survival in Pancreatic Cancer Resection
The determining factor appears to depend on a presurgery strategy, according to surgeons at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
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Alternatively, you can catch up on all the latest radiotherapy news by downloading our LIVE NEWS feed to your mobile phone.

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"Did you know?"   

Our section of interesting facts from our partners

Elekta’s technology has evolved over time – leading to many “firsts” in the industry. In its time, the first 80-leaf multileaf collimator [MLC] was a major Elekta innovation. The first linac heads used just four jaws, so they could only deliver square or rectangular fields. With the 80-leaf MLC, we could now deliver conformal fields to more closely approximate the tumor’s shape. That was followed by the low-leakage MLCi2 with 1.0 cm leaves, then the finer resolution Agility MLC with 0.5 cm leaves for really exceptional conformality. Read more. 

RaySearch celebrates 19 years this year -

• The raised capital needed for securing a good start for RaySearch was only 6 MSEK. Since 2000, RaySearch has been profitable.
• Innovative features such as adaptive therapy and multi-criteria optimization have changed cancer care, and they were invented by RaySearch.
• RaySearch was first to license an optimization module for IMRT treatments.
• RayStation was the first treatment planning system to include machine learning features.
• There are over 550 RayStation customers in 36 countries.
• RaySearch has over 300 employees with 24 nationalities, spread over 11 office worldwide.
• RaySearch has a total of 37 granted patents, and more to come.


Xstrahl Medical, global leader in superficial radiotherapy devices and advanced radiation research systems, is celebrating 20 years of delivering technical training courses on its X-ray treatment systems.
The courses are conducted several times a year at the company’s UK manufacturing hub in Birmingham.
When the course was initially conceived 20 years ago, it offered technical training to hospital staff in the UK, enabling them to carry out routine maintenance on Xstrahl’s orthovoltage and superficial radiation therapy machines. Over time, Xstrahl has expanded the syllabus and opened it to engineers from all over the world.
“Over the last 20 years, our trainers have taught hundreds of engineers how to maintain Xstrahl’s medical systems,” says operations director Steve Jackson. “This has since been extended to include our growing software product family, including oncology information software and treatment planning software, as well as connectivity to
third party software systems.”
Tracey Dimon, technical support director, who has been delivering Xstrahl’s technical training courses for the past 14 years, added, “It is extremely rewarding to train customers from all over the world on how to install, use and maintain our systems and software.”
Trainees from the UK, Netherlands and Australia were among the attendees at this week’s
20th anniversary training course. Pictured are the attendees alongside lead trainer Tracey Dimon and Xstrahl operations director Steve Jackson (centre).
Latest news from RadPro – Brand New Xstrahl virtual exhibition stand is available online and to view here.

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