Elekta wins clearances for Versa HD upgrade
Article Thumbnail ImageAugust 21, 2013 -- Radiation oncology firm Elekta has received the CE Mark and clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for new features for its Versa HD linear accelerator.

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The upgrade includes automated breath-hold gating for breast and lung radiotherapy, called Active Breathing Coordinator. The feature works with Elekta's Response gating algorithm, helping patients pause their breathing at a particular tidal volume, according to Elekta.

Automated breath-hold gating allows clinicians to reduce tumor margins and perform treatments such as stereotactic body radiation therapy with image-guided radiation therapy in a standard treatment time slot, Elekta said.