Data presented at ASTRO underscore the promise of Elekta’s high-field MR-adaptive linear accelerator as a transformative advance in radiation therapy

Multiple presentations highlight clinical potential of MR-linac in a variety of
cancers and demonstrate the need to address intra-session motion
BOSTON, September 29, 2016 – Elekta (EKTA-B.ST) today announced that its high
-field MR-linac was the focus of multiple presentations at the American Society
for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2016 Annual Meeting, held September 25 – 28 in
Boston. Additional abstracts presented by members of Elekta’s MR-linac
Consortium also highlight the need for adaptation of radiation therapy to
address moving tumors and nearby organs during treatment sessions. Naturally
occurring physiological movements limit our ability to conform the treatment to
the target and increase exposure of radiation to healthy tissues.

Elekta’s MR-linac will integrate an advanced linear accelerator and a 1.5 Tesla
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system. Combined, these systems will allow for
simultaneous radiation therapy delivery and high-field MR tumor monitoring.

A joint session of ASTRO and the European Society for Radiation Oncology (ESTRO)
highlighted the potential for adaptive imaging in radiation therapy during a
session titled “In Room Adaptive Imaging with a Focus on
MRI.” ( Elekta’s
MR-linac was featured in two presentations during this session:

·  “Linac-based MR Device”; Christopher Schultz, MD, FACR, Professor in the
Department of Radiation Oncology at Froedert and Medical College of Wisconsin.
This presentation discussed strategies for integrating MR-linac into current RT
protocols and provided an overview of the development plan that the Elekta MR
-linac Consortium is undertaking in order to generate the clinical, physics and
quality control data that will be essential for developing and realizing the
full clinical potential of MR-linac technology.

·  “MRI Linac: Physics Perspective”; Bas Raaymakers, PhD, Professor in the
Department of Radiotherapy at University Medical Center Utrecht. This
presentation highlighted the potential to leverage the power of MR-linac
technology to move from pre-treatment planning to online plan adaptation and,
ultimately, to real-time plan adaptation. Dr. Raaymakers also discussed the need
for novel quality assurance procedures for MR-linac devices, patients and

“Online treatment adaptation is the future of radiation therapy and it is
essential for enabling surgical precision and accuracy,” said John
Christodouleas, MD, MPH, Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Elekta, and a
practicing radiation oncologist at the Hospital of the University of
Pennsylvania. “The Elekta MR-linac Consortium is advancing MR-linac technology
toward the clinic. Data demonstrating the feasibility of MR-linac in breast, non
-small cell lung cancer and other cancers also highlight required advances in
the software and computer algorithms that are critical to transforming online
imaging into actionable adaptive replanning.”

Additional key findings related to the MR-linac Consortium’s development of MR
-linac presented at the conference include:

·  Abdominal organ motion is complex and can occur despite motion management
strategies. Abstract #3708: “Complex Abdominal Organ Motion Assessed from
MRI”; ( Eenas
Omari, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Radiation Oncology at
Medical College of Wisconsin.

·  Substantially improves targeting and lowers radiation dose to normal breast
tissue in patients undergoing pre-operative partial breast irradiation. Abstract
#3695: “Dosimetric Feasibility of Pre-operative Partial Breast Irradiation in
Prone Position Using MR-linac” (
-3016(16)32685-2/fulltext); Phil Prior, PhD, Medical Physicist in the Department
of Radiation Oncology at Medical College of Wisconsin.

·  Clinically acceptable treatment plans for patients with locally advanced
non-small cell lung cancer can be created. Abstract #3150: “Dosimetric
Implications for Radical Radiotherapy on the MR-linac (MRL) in Locally Advanced
Non-small Cell Lung Cancer (LA NSCLC)”; (
-3016(16)32129-0/fulltext) Dr. Hannah Bainbridge, Clinical Fellow Lung Team, The
Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton, United Kingdom, The Royal Marsden NHS
Foundation Trust, Sutton, United Kingdom.

·  Online adaptive replanning is feasible for prostate cancer radiation
therapy. Abstract #3639: “A Hybrid Adaptive Replanning Approach for Prostate
SBRT”; ( Ozgur
Ates, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Radiation Oncology at
Medical College of Wisconsin.

·  An automated QA tool can quickly identify contour errors from auto
-segmentation and may have utility in online adaptive replanning. Abstract #3638
“Implementation of a Machine-learning Based Automatic Contour QA Tool for Online
Adaptive Radiotherapy of Prostate
Cancer” (; Jing
Qiao Zhang, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Radiation Oncology at
Medical College of Wisconsin.

Several additional presentations described the potential for MR-linac and
adaptive therapy to enable dose painting – the precise delivery of varying doses
of radiation to specific regions within a tumor in order to account for
differences in cell type, location and density from one part of the tumor to

“The data presented at this conference support the potential of MR-linac as a
key development in the future of radiation therapy and we are encouraged by the
Consortium’s progress,” said Kevin Brown, Elekta’s Global Vice President of
Scientific Research. “The use of integrated, MR imaging to improve radiation
therapy is a topic of widespread interest within the community, and Elekta’s MR
-linac is poised to deliver an advanced and intuitive treatment experience with
the potential to significantly improve patient outcomes and our clinical
customer experience.”

Elekta’s MR-linac is a work in progress and not available for sale or

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solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops
sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for
radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, as well as workflow enhancing
software systems across the spectrum of cancer care. Stretching the boundaries
of science and technology, providing intelligent and resource-efficient
solutions that offer confidence to both health care providers and patients,
Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even save patient lives.

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