Varian ’s New Flagship Radiotherapy System Now in Europe
Varian has released its Halcyon image-guided volumetric intensity modulated radiotherapy system (IMRT) in Europe at University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium. The system, recently FDA cleared, is designed to be speedier during prep, while delivering therapy, and providing an assessment of results. The number of steps that technicians have to undertake for each patient have been reduced to a third, compared to previous Varian systems. The first patient in Europe to be treated with the Halcyon was a 80-year-old with head & neck cancer. The system essentially includes a CT scanner within the device, providing volumetric i...
Source: Medgadget - October 26, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Radiation Oncology Radiology Source Type: blogs

Varian ’s Halcyon Image-Guided Volumetric Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy System Now FDA Cleared
Having unveiled it only two months ago, Varian has announced receiving FDA clearance for its Halcyon image-guided volumetric IMRT system. Varian has been working on improving the quality and shortening the time of treatment sessions, as well as making it easier to install, maintain, and train people using the system. The company has introduced a number of workflows to get patients quickly through each therapy session. The workflows have reduced the average number of steps a technician would have to perform from around thirty to around nine. The system has a built-in volumetric X-ray scanner that reveals the effect of ...
Source: Medgadget - July 5, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Radiation Oncology Source Type: blogs

Varian Unveils Speedy New Halcyon Image-Guided Volumetric IMRT System
Varian is introducing the Halcyon, a new image-guided volumetric intensity modulated radiotherapy system that the firm says was designed, essentially from the ground up, to speed up and make easier the imaging, therapy, and even installation of the machine and the training required to use it. Built-in workflows have reduced the number of steps from beginning to end of treatment to only nine from what used to be around thirty. A rapidly spinning built-in volumetric X-ray scanner can provide results within 15 seconds, in many cases, allowing for faster time to treatment. Since the therapy component has to spin at the sa...
Source: Medgadget - May 10, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Radiation Oncology Source Type: blogs

OIG Releases Mid-Year 2015 Work Plan, Includes New Provisions Related to Open Payments Oversight and Scrutiny into Clinical Laboratory Payments
Yesterday evening the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released their Work Plan Mid-Year Update for fiscal year (FY) 2015, which summarizes new and ongoing reviews and activities that OIG plans to pursue. A number of new terms find its way into the mid-year plan, including a provision related to OIG’s anticipated oversight of the Open Payments program, as well as a provision stating that OIG will analyze CMS payments to the top 25 clinical diagnostic laboratories. View the Work Plan here. The OIG’s job is to detect fraud, waste, and abuse; identify opportunities to...
Source: Policy and Medicine - May 29, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

What Can Patients Do In The Face Of Physician Conflict Of Interest?
Trust has always been essential to medical care. Of what use are the best communication skills, physician empathy, or clinical knowledge if patients don’t trust the advice and information that their doctors give them? Even the most psychologically disturbed or misanthropic TV doctor—from Doc Martin to Gregory House—can always be trusted to put his patients first; this is precisely because this trustworthiness is so central to our understanding of being a physician. While this sort of idealization is commonplace and reassuring, it has become more and more problematic. For, in today’s medical world, t...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - April 10, 2015 Category: Health Management Authors: James Rickert Tags: All Categories Business of Health Care Consumers Health Care Costs Health Care Delivery Payment Personal Experience Physicians Policy Quality Source Type: blogs

Tomotherapy treatment
This is a guest post by William Blackhurst, MD Have you ever heard of Tomotherapy treatment?  This is a treatment designed for radiation therapy of various cancers.  Its name comes from the Greek root for slice.  Basically it combines a CT or other type of scan with radiation therapy in such a way that the radiation dose can be altered to match the thickness of the tumor in a given image slice. Tomotherapy is both intensity modulated and image guided.  Intensity modulated radiotherapy or IMRT uses devices called collimators to adjust the amount of radiation delivered in a single dose.  Image...
Source: Medicine and Technology by Dr. Joseph Kim - April 23, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Tags: guest post oncology cancer Source Type: blogs

Dear men: Are proton beams less toxic?
A couple of weeks ago, I explained the business rational for the rapid expansion of proton beam radiation treatment facilities throughout the US.  Misguided reimbursement policies of the federal government aid and abet this land grab by investors and hospitals.In their zeal to build, those hospitals attempt to portray to men that their treatment for prostate cancer using proton beams will be less dangerous than treatment using standard radiation, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, or IMRT.  That there is no basis for this assertion makes no difference during the marketing campaign.Now comes some literature on the ...
Source: Running a hospital - January 3, 2013 Category: Health Managers Source Type: blogs