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Brainlab Introduces New Generation of VMAT* for Brain and Spine at 3rd ESTRO Forum in Barcelona

Introduction of new “Elements” completes the portfolio of automated, indication-specific planning tools for radiosurgery/SBRT

Munich, Germany, April 24, 2015 — The “Elements” strategy – indication-specific focused software applications aimed at enhancing the workflow for difficult to treat indications in the brain and spine introduced in 2013 – comes full circle with the introduction of automated stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) planning tools. These new Elements enable on-the-fly generation of consistent treatment plans for VMAT delivery.

“Elements are a new generation of products that are indication-specific, user-friendly, fast, automatic and flexible” stated Stefan Vilsmeier, President and CEO of Brainlab, “Instead of competing with existing treatment planning systems, Elements complement them by providing additional treatment possibilities for difficult to treat indications.”

Previously introduced Elements for cranial radiosurgery have focused on enhancing image fusion, distortion correction* of various MRI sequences, interactive segmentation* of tumors and vascular structures, fibertracking*, dose review, and automatic segmentation* of critical structures. Adaptive Hybrid Surgery tools have helped to simulate and evaluate the feasibility of radiosurgery treatments at different resection levels during surgery. Radiosurgery treatment planning for cranial indications, however, remains a manual iterative process that is highly user-dependent. One of the revolutionary new Elements tools* Brainlab will introduce automatically generates highly conformal treatment plans for a variety of indications, locations, sizes, shapes and fractionation schemes, all with the click of a button. Instead of choosing between different delivery techniques, the Element algorithm produces a MU-optimized plan for delivery as volumetric, intensity modulated arc. For treatment of spherical targets, such as singular metastases, or small functional targets, such as trigeminal neuralgia, another new Element has been designed around the challenges of these specific treatments.

Spinal radiosurgery represents another challenging treatment with multiple complex and manual steps. Brainlab presents its vision of a “perfect” workflow, leveraging decades of experience in automatic image processing. In addition to streamlining the fusion and segmentation steps, another VMAT-based automatic planning Element for spinal SRS can generate complex yet highly conformal plans. This tool is specifically designed to address the visualization and optimization requirements for stereotactic treatments for spine indications.

ESTRO takes places from April 24-28 at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona. Visit Brainlab at booth #3000 for a hands-on demonstration of all Brainlab Elements.

*This medical device has not concluded the conformity assessment procedure required according to EU Directive 93/42/EEC and bears no CE marking. Thus, Brainlab does not yet offer this device for sale.

About Brainlab

Brainlab, headquartered in Munich, develops, manufactures and markets software-driven medical technology, enabling access to advanced, less invasive patient treatments.

Core products center on information-guided surgery, radiosurgery, precision radiation therapy, digital operating room integration, and information and knowledge exchange. Brainlab technology powers treatments in radiosurgery and radiotherapy as well as numerous surgical fields including neurosurgery, orthopedic, ENT, CMF, spine and trauma.

Privately held since its formation in 1989, Brainlab has over 8,900 systems installed in about 100 countries. Brainlab employs 1200 people in 17 offices worldwide, including 290 research & development engineers, who form a crucial part of the product development team.

About ESTRO

Founded in 1980, ESTRO, the European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology, is a non-profit and scientific organization that fosters the role of Radiation Oncology in order to improve patients’ care in the multimodality treatment of cancer.

With over 5,000 members in and outside Europe, ESTRO supports all the Radiation Oncology professionals in their daily practice: Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physicists, Radiobiologists and RTTs (Radiation Therapists) and the wider oncology community.

ESTRO’s mission is to promote innovation, research, and dissemination of science through its congresses, special meetings, educational courses and publications. To learn more about ESTRO, visit estro.org.