CONCORD, CalifSiemens Oncology Care Systems Group has unveiled
the PRIMATOM System, which combines a CT scanner with a linear
accelerator for radiation therapy. The machine is currently in use at
the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Atlantic Health Systems
Morristown Memorial Hospital, New Jersey.
The PRIMATOM System consists of a Siemens CT scanner on a sliding
gantry combined with a PRIMUS Linear Accelerator (see Figure). The
technology provides oncologists for the first time with accurate,
almost real-time diagnostic-quality images of tumors within the
treatment room, the company said in a news release. It allows
the patient to remain on one table while the tumor is pinpointed and
treatment is delivered, said James Wong, MD, of Morristown.