Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Arizona recently acquired Elekta cancer management solutions. The new systems include two Elekta Infinity radiation therapy systems, each with an Agility 160-leaf multileaf collimator (MLC), and a HexaPOD patient positioning system. The center also purchased new modules for its MOSAIQ oncology information system and Clarity soft tissue visualization system for image guided radiation therapy.

With its 160 high-speed, 5 mm-wide beam-shaping leaves, Agility is able to conform to the shape of the patient’s tumor, ensuring that the lesion is well targeted with improved avoidance of healthy tissues. Moreover, Agility was designed to significantly reduce the leakage of radiation from between the MLC leaves, which also translates into a decreased radiation dose to surrounding normal tissues. Agility can help reduce the patient’s time on the treatment table and lowers the chance that the patient will move during treatment.

“The growth in radiation oncology has required that we add more capacity and we have chosen advanced equipment that will both expand our capacities and provide us with new technology,” said Stephen Sapareto, director of medical physics at Banner MD Anderson.