SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ: ARAY) announced today that leading hospitals in Japan are using the Radixact® System with the Synchrony® Automatic, Real-time Motion Synchronization Technology to provide advanced cancer treatments to more patients throughout the country. The addition of Synchrony to the Radixact System will enable the hospital teams to efficiently deliver highly accurate radiation dose to tumors that move as a result of bodily processes or patient movement, minimizing the amount of healthy tissue surrounding the tumors that are exposed to high-dose radiation, all while patients breathe naturally – no uncomfortable patient restraints or breath-hold techniques are required. Synchrony is the only technology using image guidance during radiation delivery to automatically synchronize radiation treatment in real-time with the movement of the tumor.
Multiple sites in Japan are now using the Radixact System with Synchrony, including Takarazuka City Hospital in Hyogo, Japanese Red Cross Nagoya Daini Hospital in Aichi, and Kishiwada Tokushukai Hospital in Osaka. The Synchrony technology will enable the hospital teams to treat a wider range of cancer cases, faster and with less harm to patients. The Takarazuka City Hospital team treated the first Synchrony patient in Asia, and was also the first in the world to perform a liver treatment with the innovative technology.
Japanese Red Cross Nagoya Daini Hospital replaced an existing TomoTherapy® System with the next-generation Radixact System. The hospital team, in partnership with Nagoya City University, led by Prof. Yuta Shibamoto, is using the system and the Synchrony technology to expand cancer treatment capabilities and help improve patients' outcomes.
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"Using the Radixact System with Synchrony real-time tracking technology, SBRT at our hospital can be performed more effectively in the lower lobes of the lung. Synchrony enables us to reduce radiation exposure to healthy lung tissues in the lower lobe, because we no longer have to expand the treatment field to encompass the entire volume of tumor movement. I can confidently recommend Radixact with Synchrony to our patients," said Chikao Sugie, M.D., Vice Director of Department of Radiology at Japanese Red Cross Nagoya Daini Hospital. "The introduction of the Radixact System with Synchrony allows us to decrease the irradiated lung volume, making the treatment less stressful and invasive for patients, while also reducing the procedural burden on our healthcare team. In the future, I would like to expand the indications for treatment using this technology to include liver SBRT, based on our positive experience with lung SBRT and boost irradiation of advanced lung tumors. Synchrony technology has increased the versatility of the system and achieved automated, ultra-precise radiation therapy, which brings exceptional value to us."