Radiotherapy has been an effective way of treating cancers for over 100 years.
Radiotherapy has come a long way
In its infancy the risks and side effects attached made it very difficult to justify as a form of treatment. Thankfully, over time technology advancements have made radiation therapy a genuine option for cancer patients the world over, according to Cancer Research UK, it is now used as a form of treatment for 40% of cancer patients.
The radiotherapy arms race
Manufacturers of radiotherapy equipment have always focused their efforts on ensuring their products can provide even more targeted dosages of radiation. In recent years this ‘arms race’ for radiotherapy technology superiority has led them towards image guided treatment systems. Varian have their Halcyon product with its CBCT imaging, 2016 saw Accuray move forward with their Radixact product and this summer sees Elekta start to make real strides in the image guided radiotherapy sector with Unity.
Elekta’s Unity could change the face of radiotherapy
In 2017 at the ESTRO (European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology) meeting Elekta presented their Unity product to the world and took a huge step forward in the image guided radiotherapy sector. Rather than use CT technology like their competitors, Elekta opted to introduce MRI to their Linear Accelerator products. This system aims to provide clinicians with real time images of the treatment, allowing more accurate dosage leading to shorter and more effective treatment.
Fast forward to Summer 2018 and Elekta have just announced they have received CE mark for Unity allowing them to sell the product in Europe. With several orders already placed, it’s too early to say whether Elekta Unity will put them in pole position in the Radiotherapy market but it’s certainly an exciting development to happen in the industry.
What happens next?
What is certain is that with the innovation in this sector not looking to be slowing down, it’s another step in the right direction for cancer treatment worldwide.
If you’re interested in the radiotherapy market….
All of the main radiotherapy manufacturers are due to be exhibiting at UKRCO in Liverpool 2-4th July. I’ll be attending to meet both clients and candidates so to arrange a meeting with me at that event please email: email@example.com