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.