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Automatic Brain Metastases Planning brings to market technology that consistently and rapidly generates radiosurgery plans for the efficient treatment of multiple metastases. (Image: Brainlab)
0 Comments Aug 14, 2015 | News Asia Pacific

First Australian patient treated with new radiosurgery software

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MELBOURNE, Australia: New software by medical manufacturer Brainlab, called Automatic Brain Metastases Planning, has been used for the first time in the Asia Pacific region at Epworth HealthCare in Richmond to deliver a tailored radiosurgery treatment to a patient with metastatic brain cancer.

The current standard treatment of multiple metastases, known as whole brain radiation therapy, involves applying radiation to the entire brain and can lead to cognitive deficits. Automatic Brain Metastases Planning uses a patented algorithm to deliver highly conformal treatments while minimising dose spread to surrounding normal tissue. The 48-year-old female patient with metastatic brain tumours from a primary melanoma had a dose delivered to ten metastases during her 25-minute treatment.

“Automatic Brain Metastases Planning offers the opportunity to not only efficiently and effectively treat brain metastases, but also help us to prevent unnecessary loss of brain function that can occur with whole brain radiation therapy, such as memory loss or other cognitive deficits,” commented Dr Michael Dally, a radiation oncologist at Epworth.

When targeted with stereotactic radiosurgery individually, total treatment time increases for each metastasis at the same rate as the number of targets. The new software, however, allows for time-efficient precision targeting of several metastases in a single session, taking advantage of the rotation of the machine to deliver a conformity plan.

“As the first hospital in Asia Pacific to offer Automatic Brain Metastases Planning treatments, Epworth is poised to become a leading facility in the region for the treatment of multiple brain metastases as well as contributing to the overall advancements of stereotactic radiosurgery developments,” said Phil Cardamone, president of Asia Pacific at Brainlab.

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