September 18, 2013
Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG announces its support of the brachytherapy program at Saint John Regional Hospital,
, in the province of
New Brunswick, Canada
, which is part of the Horizon Health Network.
The Adult Oncology Centre at Saint John Regional Hospital, employing five Radiation Oncologists and two Medical Oncologists, has been designated as a tertiary centre for Radiation Oncology and is at the forefront of multidisciplinary cancer care in the province.
"Brachytherapy is an established technique commonly used as a boost in combination with other cancer therapies as well as a monotherapy. In the past, we had to send our patients to other hospitals to receive brachytherapy treatments. With our new high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy program supported by Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG, we will be able to offer convenient access to an additional clinical option for our cancer patients." states Dr.
, Radiation Oncologist.
The medical devices made available for the program by Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG included the state-of-the-art MultiSource® HDR afterloader. The system is in use in medical facilities in almost 40 countries worldwide and offers exclusive features like the fully integrated In-Vivo Dosimetry for real time dose monitoring. This feature along with the automatic catheter length measurement and the precise source position check underline the afterloader´s reputation of enabling for a high level of accuracy. Furthermore, the MultiSource® HDR afterloader runs with either an Iridium-192 or a particularly cost-effective Cobalt-60 source.
Additionally, the Saint John Regional Hospital is using the treatment planning software HDRplus™ 3.0. The software supports all HDR applications, including intracavitary, interstitial, intraluminal as well as intraoperative treatments by offering a complete applicator database, automatic applicator reconstruction, automatic image fusion and the integrated Prostate Module.