Elekta and Royal Philips announced today that the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center will join a consortium that is investigating the development of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guided radiation therapy system.

The Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center is the fifth member to sign the research agreement to evaluate the new technology, which unites radiation therapy and MRI in a single system. Current clinical members of the group include: the University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; The Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam; and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto.

Integrating a 1.5 Tesla MRI machine with an adaptive radiation therapy system will provide physicians with depictions of a patient’s soft tissues and tumor and allow them to dynamically track their motion. The integrated MRI-guided radiation therapy system is in development and not available for sale.