Accuray and Siemens announce collaboration to jointly develop enhanced radiosurgery and radiotherapy products

Paris 08 December 2006Accuray Incorporated and Siemens Medical Solutions have signed an agreement to collaborate in the development of advanced imaging and software solutions targeted for use in both radiosurgery and radiotherapy. The two companies will jointly focus on the integration and optimization of Siemens computed tomography (CT) imaging technology with Accuray's CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System. They will also work towards the integration of Accuray's advanced targeting techniques into Siemens radiotherapy product line.

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"This collaboration with Siemens Medical Solutions will enable Accuray to offer additional radiosurgery solutions to health care providers worldwide. Accuray's market leading technology and expertise in robotic radiosurgery treatment delivery is an excellent fit with Siemens highly-regarded imaging technology", stated Euan S. Thomson, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Accuray. "Together, Siemens and Accuray will better serve the needs of patients by providing improved care options to medical facilities."

This collaboration is a natural extension of Accuray's established leadership in robotic radiosurgery and Siemens leading position in medical imaging and radiotherapy. "We are excited about this relationship with Accuray - extending our commitment to offer innovative and advanced radiation treatment solutions", stated Holger Schmidt, president of Siemens Medical Solutions' Oncology Care Systems division. "Through our agreement with Accuray, we will be able to provide improved care choices to physicians and patients by uniting our capabilities in a mutually beneficial relationship."

Accuray, a global expert in the field of robotic radiosurgery, develops and markets the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System, the world's first and only radiosurgery system that utilizes intelligent robotics to treat tumours anywhere in the body with sub-millimeter accuracy. The CyberKnife System treats patients in single or staged - typically 2 to 5 - sessions by delivering multiple beams of precisely directed radiation that converge upon the tumour while minimizing injury to surrounding healthy tissue. Image guidance and computer controlled robotics combine to continuously track, detect and correct for tumour and patient movement throughout the treatment. Because of this precision and accuracy, no head or body frame is required.

Siemens Oncology Care Systems group is specialized in the development of hardware and software for oncology care. Siemens' portfolio of Adaptive Radiation Therapy (ART) solutions includes the PRIMATOM System, which combines a Siemens linear accelerator with a SOMATOM CT scanner with sliding gantry, providing the ability to visualize treatment structures prior to treatment in order to assure correct patient positioning. Siemens' CT-sliding gantry solution is recognized as the gold standard in in-room treatment imaging.

Accuray Incorporated is a global expert in the field of robotic radiosurgery. More than 100 CyberKnife Systems have been purchased by leading medical centres throughout the world and a large body of peer-reviewed papers supports its clinical practice. To date, the CyberKnife System has treated more than 25.000 patients worldwide. For more company news, you can read the VMW December 2006 article Accuray integrates in-room 4D imaging with the CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system and launches three new products for lung cancer treatment.

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG with headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and Erlangen, Germany, is one of the largest suppliers to the health care industry in the world. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, health care information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Employing approximately 33.000 people worldwide and operating in more than 120 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 7,6 billion euro, orders of 8,6 billion euro and group profit of 976 million euro for fiscal 2005. More company news can be found in the VMW June 2006 article Siemens showcases syngo BLADE, next generation of patient care applications at ISMRM.


Leslie Versweyveld

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