Basic RT Equipment Problems
Prior to the 1990’s, radiation therapy clinicians had to rely on radiation therapy devices that delivered 2D and 3D conformal treatments where healthy tissue was not spared, and radiation toxicity increased.
A new form of radiation therapy – Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy – was developed in the mid-1990’s and soon became standard of care. By modulating the beam with automated, complex hardware and software, clinicians were now able to better spare healthy tissue while focusing the radiation beam on the tumor.
Though IMRT has been standard of care for the last 25 years, ~5500 of Radiation Therapy Devices in LMICs are not equipped to deliver IMRT. EmpowerRT’s solution enables basic RT equipment to deliver low toxicity IMRT that spares normal tissue by a simple compensator device. The compensator is designed by a software to maximize the radiation dose to the cancer tissue and minimize the dose to healthy tissue. The compensator is fabricated and assembled on site and the material can be recycled for treating other patients.
PLUNC planning software & IMRT dose optimization
– PLUNC: an intuitive and user-friendly planning software developed at the University of North Carolina and used in UNC and other cancer centers for over 20 years. UNC is a pioneer in 3D planning and compensatory IMRP treatment in radiation therapy.
– PLUNC offers dose optimization based on dose volume histograms. An IMRP plan can be delivered either by IMRP compensators on any teletherapy unit such as Co-60 and by MLC-IMRT on modern treatment machines.
Onsite recyclable compensator fabrication
– We provide an easy solution to fabricate the IMRT compensators onsite. It uses a milling machine to fabricate the Styrofoam compensator mold, recyclable tungsten granules fillings, and a proven efficient procedure.
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Service and Training
-We realize that service and training are crucial for may LMIC clinics. We offer 3D and IMRT commissioning and training. We he the clinics to develop QA programs online or onsite using regional consultants.