An innovative system for accurate patient positioning had already received attention at its market launch in 2014. Now the first of these systems has been commissioned at MedAustron, an Austrian Center for Ion Beam Therapy, and will there be used clinically for the first time. Cancer patients can be positioned better than ever before and will thus be able to receive pin-point accuracy radiation treatments. To guarantee a successful Ion Beam treatment - a particularly accurate and effective form of radiation therapy -, it is essential to position the patient accurately in relation to the radiation beam and to permanently observe and - if necessary - adapt the patient position during the whole treatment session.
MedAustron will be the first Ion Beam Therapy Center worldwide to use completely new medical systems for these tasks: The exacure system of BEC GmbH (Reutlingen, Germany) as well as the Imaging Ring of medPhoton (Salzburg, Austria). Both systems meet the special requirements for Ion Beam Therapy and ensure the highest degree of patient safety. Together they allow for highly accurate and efficient treatments.