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Brainlab Introduces a New Concept for the Treatment of Multiple Brain Metastases
|By Business Wire
|July 18, 2014 12:32 PM EDT
Brainlab, a global leader in medical technology, announced today the
release of ELEMENTS Automatic Brain Metastases Planning*. The new
software will simplify stereotactic radiosurgery planning for metastatic
brain tumors and is the newest addition to the Elements A La Carte
software portfolio, building upon an already robust radiotherapy /
radiosurgery division. Brainlab will showcase the software at the 2014
American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting and
Exhibition, July 20-24 in Austin, Texas.
Automatic Brain Metastases Planning Software by Brainlab (Photo: Business Wire)
“When a patient develops more than one metastasis in the brain, one of
the best treatment options available – radiosurgery – becomes
impractical because the treatment time increases at the same rate as the
number of metastases,” said Stefan Vilsmeier, President and CEO at
Brainlab. “With our new technology, we are poised as a company to shift
the treatment paradigm and provide more treatment options and a
consistent way to deliver them.”
Brain metastases are the most common type of brain tumors and the
numbers continue to rise due to improved diagnostics and control of the
primary disease. Radiosurgery is a critical option for the treatment of
these secondary cancers. No other new technology has had a greater
impact on the management of metastatic brain cancer than stereotactic
radiosurgery. Whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) is still considered the
standard of care, however, it has shown that WBRT can only prevent new
tumors arising for a maximum of six months. There is clear recognition
that not all patients with brain metastases have equivalently poor
survival outcome, and a significant group lives for a longer period of
time, prompting the debate regarding whether the patients in at least
the best-prognosis category should be treated solely with more
aggressive therapies upfront and keep WBRT as an option for later.
Brainlab Automatic Brain Metastases Planning software brings to market
technology that consistently and rapidly generates radiosurgery plans
for the efficient treatment of multiple metastases.
“The Brainlab Automated Brain Metastases Planning software enables a
‘monitor-unit’, and time-efficient treatment planning and delivery,
while reducing the dose to healthy brain tissue,” said Professor Niko
Papanikolaou, PhD, Chief Medical Physicist, University of Texas Health
Science Center, San Antonio, Texas. “This novel approach to the
treatment of metastatic brain tumors from Brainlab can potentially
benefit several patients that are currently receiving whole brain
radiation. We can now plan and treat metastatic brain cancer, for
patients with larger volumes and higher number of metastases without the
anticipated association of a decline in neurocognitive function.”
Brainlab Automatic Brain Metastases Planning automatically selects a
group of metastases in such a way that the ‘multi-leaf collimator,’ or
treatment beam shaper, fits to the shapes of these selected targets
without leaving gaps. The algorithm generates an optimized ‘volumetric
conformal’ radiosurgery plan in a matter of minutes after all metastases
have been outlined and the clinical user can focus on reviewing and
approving the plan in various innovative and comprehensive views. With
this new treatment concept, the software creates an optimized dose
distribution no matter if one or ten metastases are being treated.
To learn more, join Brainlab at its Novalis Circle Symposium, A Work of
Arc, during the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in
Austin, Texas on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 6 PM.
Brainlab, headquartered in Munich, develops, manufactures and markets
software-driven medical technology, enabling access to, and consistency
of, advanced less invasive patient treatment.
Core products revolve around information-guided surgery, precision
radiation therapy, and information and knowledge sharing that fosters
interdisciplinary collaboration. Brainlab technology currently powers
treatments in the fields of neurosurgery, radiosurgery/radiotherapy,
orthopedics, ENT, CMF, spine, and trauma.
Privately held since its formation in 1989, Brainlab has more than 5,000
systems installed in about 95 countries. Brainlab employs 1,150 people
in 17 offices worldwide, including 290 research & development engineers,
who form a crucial part of the product development team.
To learn more, visit www.brainlab.com.
* Work in progress – currently not for sale in the U.S.
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