A lot of exciting news at ESTRO

May 01, 2019
by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO
This past week, I attended ESTRO in Milan, Italy with my good friend Dr. Arkadi Stolpner.

Arkadi is really on the cutting edge on so many things and he is involved in so many projects, I learned quite a lot.

We visited the Varian booth where I met Mr. Bill Hansen, who has been a big help to our news over the years. We had a conversation about flash and about how exciting it is. Apparently, it is a whole new paradigm. We've written several stories about flash therapy, here are several links if you wish to read up:

IBA tech plays first-time role in flash therapy demonstration

Researchers aim to improve flash therapy for X-ray and proton delivery

Varian showcases first preclinical findings of Flash therapy trial

Both Varian and IBA are pursuing flash and it sounds like a real game-changer to me.

We had a meeting at Elekta and discussed MR-linac, which allows for image guided radiotherapy treatment. Elekta's MR-linac received FDA 510(k) clearance in late 2018.

We attended a presentation by Dr. John Adler about the new Zap-X radiosurgical solution, which is installed and operational at Barrow Brain and Spine in Phoenix, Arizona. If you ever heard Dr. Adler speak, you know how energetic he is. If you are not familiar with the Zap system, you can read about it here. It is a really innovative device because it is self shielded. Dr. Adler points out that his new device requires no bunker and replaces what he calls, 40-year-old technology. He told us that the Zap system includes real time dosimetry.

I was also pleased to catch up with Dr. Jorn Meissner who has contributed to our news in the past. He is preparing a presentation for the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG) meeting in London and will be sharing a summary of the key findings in our news.

The ESTRO show is really well organized with lots of attendees from across Europe. For that matter, lots of attendees from around the world.

Milan is a beautiful city and as you may know, there is no such thing as bad food there.