A patient couch is designed to track movement of a
target tumor in the patient (due to biological functions such as
respiration), and to make compensatory moves so that the radiation
treatment site is stabilized.
In 2003, it was estimated that 1.3 million
Americans were diagnosed with cancer, and cancer caused 1 in 4 deaths.
Cancer rates are rising, but some report that the use of radiation
therapy is falling as other, earlier treatments become more successful.
2,009 facilities perform external beam radiation therapy in the U.S.
Radiation oncology sites are rapid adopters of new therapeutic
techniques and related equipment. Capital budgets for radiation therapy
equipment at radiation oncology centers in the U.S. averaged $980,000 in
2004, up 34% from 2003. This technology can be applied to any procedure
where a target tissue must remain stationary in 3D space.
Decreases radiation exposure to non-targeted
tissues. Decreases table time for patient. Increases the number of
patients that can be treated per day.
Stage of Development
Prototype will be complete in early 2022.
Proof of concept testing. Regulatory approval.