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Accuray Provides Clarification On Recently Initiated Voluntary Recalls

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY) announced today clarification on two voluntary recalls that the company initiated on March 19, 2013.

In keeping with its commitment to patient safety and total quality management, Accuray has voluntarily implemented a recall of two separate components from its CyberKnife® product line: the Iris™ Variable Aperture Collimator and the RoboCouch® Patient Positioning System. The affected parts are manufactured by third-party suppliers and are being removed from the system because they failed to meet the company's specifications and standards for quality. The company has notified impacted customers, and field service personnel have been deployed to apply the corrections should they be necessary. These recalls exclude the CyberKnife® M6 Series Series.

The first recall affects 176 units of the Iris Variable Aperture Collimator used in the CyberKnife System. Specifically, a defect was identified that could potentially result in a shift to the central axis of the radiation beam, posing a potential clinical impact to plans created using the smallest collimators. The second recall affects 16 units of the RoboCouch® Patient Positioning System used with the CyberKnife System. Specifically, the gear box responsible for patient motions may be defective. All defective gearboxes have been replaced. For both products, all affected sites have been notified and corrective actions are being taken.

"The recent FDA recall announcement comes roughly a month after Accuray took the necessary steps to voluntarily recall affected components. We are pleased to report that no known injuries have been reported to date as a result of these issues, and that we took the voluntary action to ensure that our product quality and outstanding safety record are maintained," said Joy Sacmar, vice president of regulatory affairs and quality assurance of Accuray. "Events such as these are not uncommon in our industry."

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