Northern Centre for Cancer Care upgrades radiotherapy services

27 October 2009

The Northern Centre for Cancer Care based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, is upgrading its five Siemens Oncor linear accelerators.

Each Oncor is being upgraded to 160 multileaf collimator (MLC) capabilities to improve conformal shaping of radiotherapy treatment beams and IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) delivery. This will ensure a higher level of precision during treatment.

The centre has also recently installed a Siemens Magnetom Espree MRI. This is the first Siemens MRI in the UK dedicated to radiotherapy treatment planning. The Espree combines revolutionary performance, increased patient satisfaction and a broad array of applications. The 1.5 Tesla system also features a 70cm internal bore and short 125cm system length. This means patients have 30cm of headroom during scans to ease feelings of claustrophobia.

“The upgraded ONCOR systems will enable us to improve conformal therapy plus offer more IMRT,” said Gill Lawrence, Head of Radiotherapy Physics at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care. “When the upgrades have been established, we will be able to provide IMRT to our prostate cancer patients and this will be a far quicker process with 160MLC capabilities.

"With the addition of the Espree MRI, we will be able to complement the treatment planning imaging systems already in place – the wide bore was a key factor in the decision to opt for the Siemens equipment as it offers a better patient experience.”

“The Northern Centre for Cancer Care has some of the latest equipment available for treating cancer and we’re delighted to be able to supply the first Siemens MRI in the UK dedicated to radiotherapy treatment planning,” said Neil Lincoln, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare.

“Combined with high specification upgrades on five of our linear accelerators, the centre will be able to offer the best quality care and treatment planning for patients.”


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