News - 21 October 2019

Cork University Hospital selects Vision RT as SGRT provider

Cork University Hospital selects Vision RT as SGRT provider

6 November 2019. A full complement of Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT) equipment will be provided at the new Glandore Centre for Radiation Oncology as Vision RT and Cork University Hospital enter a long-term partnership. This agreement will see Vision RT technology fully integrated with the centre’s five new Elekta Versa HD Linear Accelerators and 2 new GE CT Scanners.

The new technology will be used to enable the introduction of a wide range of clinical applications at the Cork site such as Breathing Adapted Radiotherapy, Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy and Stereotactic Radiosurgery. As well as this the technology will also be used to track every patient’s position throughout the treatment delivery process, ensuring the radiation dose is delivered exactly as planned.

Cork University Hospital (HSE – Health Service Executive) will be the first Public Radiotherapy Centre in Ireland to offer the benefits of SGRT including radiotherapy treatment without the need for tattoos or marks. This allows patients to avoid these permanent reminders of their treatment which are shown to have a negative impact on body image and a long-term psychosocial effect. Published studies have also shown that Cork-based Vision RT technology facilitates higher accuracy and is more efficient than traditional setup methods.

Vision RT CEO, Norman Smith says the company is delighted to be working with Cork University Hospital. “We have been impressed with the commitment of the team at the Glandore centre to offering the best quality patient care at their new Radiotherapy facility and excited to be their chosen SGRT partner to help facilitate this,” he says. Claire Roe, Radiotherapy Service Manager commented “SGRT is a powerful and important tool in modern radiotherapy. We were particularly impressed with Vision RT’s extensive experience in delivering a wide-range of clinical benefits that SGRT technology enables and also the level of integration their technology has with our new radiotherapy equipment”.

Consultant Oncologist, Dr. Carol McGibney, Clinical Lead for Radiation Oncology at Cork University Hospital, added “It is essential that our new facility offers the full range of modern Radiotherapy services, and I am delighted that the Vision RT technology will enable us to do this. I would also like to pay tribute to all those associated with the Aid Cancer Treatment (ACT) charity who made this possible and have ensured that, when fully implemented, our patients will have local and immediate access to all Radiotherapy services”.

The SGRT project at the new facility is being funded by the Cork-based charity Aid Cancer Treatment (ACT) whose generous support will help enable Cork University Hospital to provide one of the most up-to-date, comprehensive and patient-centered Radiation Therapy services in Ireland.

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