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Italy places €50 million order for 37 Elekta Versa HD linacs

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | October 19, 2022
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Italy will pay 50 million euros for 37 of Elekta's Versa HD linear accelerators. (Photo courtesy of Elekta)
Italy’s national health service Servizio Sanitario Nazionale will pay approximately €50 million (over $49 million) for the installation of 37 of Elekta’s Versa HD linear accelerators.

Launched in 2013, the Versa HD linear accelerator is capable of administering radiation three times faster than prior linear accelerators, and has high-precision beam shaping and tumor targeting technology. It also uses real-time remote system monitoring to reduce delays and downtime.

The purchase makes up 60% of the linac tender, with the order expected to be booked in the third and fourth quarters of Elekta’s fiscal year 2022 to 2023.

The installations are projected to be completed in fiscal years 2023 to 2024 and 2024 to 2025.

“For Italy, it means a modernization of the country's installed base of linacs, providing people with the best technology within precision radiation therapy. These replacements will further strengthen our current leading position in the Italian market,” said Ardie Ermers, Elekta's executive vice president for Region Europe, in a statement.

The Versa HD linear accelerator has a low environmental impact, low energy consumption design and customizable, disease-specific configurations.

Its fully integrated Agility 160-leaf multileaf collimator (MLC) enables high-definition, high-speed beam shaping over a 40 x 40-cm field. The Fast MLC leaf speed and High Dose Rate mode allow clinicians to leverage the high dose rate delivery of radiation and perform advanced therapies such as volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) at higher levels without compromising treatment times.

The FDA cleared the system for use shortly after its debut in 2013.

In addition to its deal with Italy, Elekta recently made another with Karkinos Healthcare, a provider in India, to install more than ten linear accelerators at its locations across the country, including several Elekta Versa HD linacs and Elekta Harmony Pro systems, which is the company’s most productive linac to date.

The company has also engaged in several partnerships around the Versa HD linear accelerator, including one in 2017 to add Brainlab's ExacTrac patient positioning and monitoring technology as an optional feature.

The public tender was managed by Italy’s public administration procurement office, Consip.

The contract is subject to a 35-day standstill period from the time it was announced.

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