MRI-guided Radiation Therapy a Reality by 2017

Stockholm-based specialist oncology device developer Elekta has unveiled plans to introduce “game-changing” high field MRI-guided radiation therapy¬†technology in 2017.


Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care.

Elekta’s system, to be called Atlantic will be the first generation high field MRI-guided radiation therapy system. The plan is to start taking commercial orders in 2017 and deliver the first systems in 2018, all subject to gaining the applicable regulatory clearances.

The company anticipates that high field MRI-guided radiation therapy will be standard of care within the next 10 years, offering gentler treatment, fewer side effects with potential for better outcomes and lower costs.

Company comments

Niklas Savander, President and CEO said “We are pleased with the progress we are making, closely cooperating with our clinical partners in the Atlantic consortium and our MRI technology partner Philips. We are creating a new paradigm within the field of radiation therapy and a superior approach to treating cancer. Consequently, I expect Atlantic will positively impact the treatment patients receive, the cancer centers that deliver it and the market potential for radiation therapy.”

Kevin Brown, Global Vice President Scientific Research, explained: “To claim millimetric accuracy, you actually need to know where the target is in real-time. High field MRI-guided RT gives us this knowledge.” He described several technical breakthroughs that the Atlantic project has already demonstrated to enable real time targeting. Brown said that many of the world’s top radiation therapy centers have expressed interest in the technology. “Over 100 hospitals have enquired about bunker specifications for the advanced technology. They were pleased to hear that they are similar to the bunker specifications of a conventional linac.”

Source: PR Newswire

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