DANVERS, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung NeuroLogica Corporation, the healthcare subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and a leading provider of advanced imaging solutions, announced today that the University of Wisconsin (UW) Carbone Cancer Center in Madison acquired and is incorporating NeuroLogica’s BodyTom® technology into its radiation oncology brachytherapy planning process. UW Carbone Cancer Center is the first center in the world to use the BodyTom scanner for brachytherapy treatment.
The BodyTom CT further distinguishes UW Carbone Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-certified comprehensive cancer center that recently landed 15 physicians on Newsweek’s “Top Cancer Doctors 2015” list. The 32-slice portable CT scanner will be stationed in the brachytherapy suite, enabling patients to undergo radiation imaging, planning and treatment in a single location.
"Having in-room, high-quality CT imaging removes the need for patient transfer while under anesthesia during the procedure to a separate CT suite, and provides opportunities for pre- and post-implant quality assessment," said Greg Cooley, M.D., "and we can use the BodyTom CT in both of our suites without duplication of equipment for each room."
Radiation oncologists at UW Carbone Cancer Center use high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy to treat forms of prostate, breast, gynecological and lung cancers. Radioactive sources are temporarily inserted inside tumors or areas of interest; this process enables precise delivery of high doses in a short time. The BodyTom produces high-quality, 3-D images to aid this process and can also be used to double-check the placement of radioactive implants, and make adjustments as necessary, without moving the patient.
“Hospital departments across the country recognize the value BodyTom can bring to patient care and efficient work practices,” said Philip Sullivan, Samsung NeuroLogica president and CEO. “Bringing BodyTom into the brachytherapy suite, especially one as well respected as UW’s Carbone Cancer Center, is a testament to BodyTom’s versatility.”
The BodyTom portable CT scanner is designed to help medical physicists and radiation oncologists map out a course of treatment at the point of care, in real time. Clinical studies have shown BodyTom CT to be a safe, highly precise tool for aiding the insertion of implants in anatomically complex procedures such as spinal surgery,1 enhancing outcomes.2
See the BodyTom at Samsung booth #3500 at The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 57th Annual Meeting, October 18-21, 2015 at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio.
About University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
The University of Wisconsin (UW) Carbone Cancer Center is Wisconsin’s only comprehensive cancer center, as designated by the National Cancer Institute. UW Carbone Cancer Center brings together more than 300 physicians and scientists from across the UW-Madison campus who work to translate discoveries from research laboratories into new treatments that benefit cancer patients. More than 30,000 people are seen annually for diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care or consultations at the UW Carbone Cancer Center and its regional affiliate network throughout the Midwest. For more details, visit www.uwhealth.org/cancer.
NeuroLogica, the healthcare subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., develops, manufactures, and markets innovative imaging technologies and is committed to delivering fast, easy and accurate diagnostic solutions to healthcare providers. NeuroLogica, the global corporate headquarters and manufacturer of computed tomography, is also the U.S. headquarters for sales, marketing and distribution of all Samsung digital radiography and ultrasound systems. NeuroLogica’s growing portfolio of advanced medical technologies are used worldwide in leading healthcare institutions helping providers enhance patient care, improve patient satisfaction, and increase workflow efficiency. Samsung is committed to being leaders in the field of healthcare imaging. For more information, please visit www.SamsungNeuroLogica.com.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home and Digital Health initiatives. We employ 307,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion. To discover more, please visit our official website at www.samsung.com/ and our official blog at global.samsungtomorrow.com.
1 Barsa, P. ET. Al, “Intraoperative portable CT-scanner based spinal navigation - a feasibility and safety study”. Act Neurotic, DOI 10.1007/s00701-014-2184-8.
2 Barsa, P. ET. Al, “Open Operating Theatre: Portable CT scanner-based navigation in lumbar pedicle screw insertion”. Ear Spine J, DOI 10.1007/s00586-013-2815-4.