Tomotherapy

Spare More Normal Tissue for More Cases

The TomoTherapy® System was designed around patients from the ground up. While the system is well-established in the oncology market, our continued investment in innovation enables us to continually bring new capabilities to market and set the standard for individualized and precise treatment of tumors anywhere in the body.

Designed with the functionality of a CT scanner, the TomoTherapy System uses integrated imaging to enhance treatment accuracy and patented beamlet-based delivery to ensure precision. Together, these features enable treatments to be customized for each patient, minimizing exposure to healthy tissue and measurably mitigating side effects. A unique helical design also enables treatment of a broader range of tumors and expands radiation therapy options for more patients.

TomoTherapy System Benefits

Highly effective treatments for a wide range of patients and disease types.

Treatment Delivery

The design of the TomoTherapy® System reflects the realities of radiation treatment — not only is every patient unique, but the exact location of their tumors and healthy tissue can change significantly from one treatment to the next. The TomoTherapy System achieves precision and efficiency despite these continuous changes by combining CT imaging with a radiation treatment delivery system. This unique design enables use of highly efficient daily 3CT imaging to perfectly position patients before each treatment delivery. The system’s unique ring geometry design enables state-of-the-art radiation treatments, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and 3D conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT).

Radiation delivered by the TomoTherapy System is guided by an innovative multi-leaf collimator (MLC), a device that opens and closes quickly to permit or block the passage of radiation. This patented MLC also increases precision by dividing radiation beams into smaller beamlets to enable finer targeting. The pattern of movement is precisely calculated before treatment begins, so the intensity of the radiation beam delivered conforms to the patient’s tumor and avoids critical structures as the machine rotates 360 degrees around the patient.

TomoHelical

TomoHelical™ Treatment Delivery, the TomoTherapy® System’s flagship helical mode of treatment, combines 360 degree fan-beam delivery of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and megavoltage CT (MVCT) imaging for gold-standard treatment and targeting of complex tumors. During treatment delivery, the linear accelerator completes multiple 360-degree rotations around the patient, while the couch passes through the center bore of the system. Continuous high-dose rate delivery enables for shorter beam-on times than most other radiation treatment systems.

TomoHelical™ Mode; Pediatric craniospinal treatment, using 5 cm TomoEDGE Dynamic Jaws; Target length: 69 cm; Beam-on time: 11.4 minutes.


TomoDirect

The TomoTherapy® System’s TomoDirectTM modality offers a discrete-angle, non-rotational delivery option, with 3D conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT) capabilities, for highly efficient treatment of routine indications. It enables creation of treatment plans that include between 2 and 12 target-specific gantry angles, as well as user-defined levels of modulation for the plan, including a 3D delivery mode.

TomoDirect™ Mode; Left breast treatment, using 5 cm TomoEDGE™ Dynamic Jaws; Four beam angles; Beam-on time: 3.4 minutes.

Data Management

The TomoTherapy® Data Management System provides comprehensive storage and processing of patient data generated over the life of the TomoTherapy planning and treatment workflow.

Key capabilities include:
  • Import and store imaging studies
  • Store completed treatment plans; make them available for review and approval
  • Store a record of each day’s treatment procedures
  • Manage the flow of patient data throughout the system from a single location
  • Ensure the security of patient data with scheduled database backups and the use of multiple disk drives
OIS Connect, an optional TomoTherapy System feature, offers a convenient software solution for integrating the TomoTherapy System with compatible Oncology Information Systems (OIS).

Advantages of this integrated approach include:
  • Schedule treatments in a central calendar (held and managed in the OIS)
  • Systematically capture treatment procedures in the OIS
  • Facilitate charge capture and billing for treatments
  • Incorporate treatments in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR)

Treatment Planning

The TomoTherapy® Treatment Planning System enables users to quickly and intuitively create sophisticated IMRT or 3DCRT treatment plans for accurate treatment of simple and complex cases. The system is based on diagnostic CT and anatomical structure data that include specified dosimetric goals and constraints. Three-dimensional dose distributions and dose-volume histograms (DVHs) are available as analytical tools to either accept or modify—and re-optimize—the planned dose.

Key treatment planning tools include:
  • Remote Software Solutions — for anywhere-anytime access by authorized users through a secure Citrix-based website
  • Planned Adaptive™ software — the first commercially available solution that enables clinicians to account and adjust for day-to-day patient changes
  • VoLO™ Technology plan calculator — leverages high-end graphics processing unit (GPU) hardware and software capabilities to perform dose calculations and optimizations for multiple large plans in minutes


Studies

31

To assess patient setup corrections based on daily megavoltage CT (MVCT) imaging for four anatomic treatment sites treated on tomotherapy.

Date:
March 2009

The authors evaluated the procedure on multiple image datasets from prostate cancer patients and gynecological cancer patients. Compared to rigid alignment, the proposed method improves volume matching by over 60% for the critical organs and reduces the prostate landmark registration errors by 50%.

Date:
February 2009

To evaluate dosimetry of helicoidal tomotherapy versus three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) with and without IMRT for the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma (STS) of the thigh.

Date:
November 2008

Helical tomotherapy is a technique for delivering intensity modulated radiation therapy treatments using a continuously rotating linac. In this approach, fan beams exiting the linac are dynamically modulated in synchrony with the motion of the gantry and couch. Helical IMRT deliveries have been applied to treating surface lesions, and the purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of dose calculated by the TomoTherapy HiArt treatment planning system for superficial planning target volumes (PTVs).

Date:
August 2008

This manuscript describes a direct comparison between radiation treatment plans in terms of dosimetric outcomes created by two different IMRT systems: TomoTherapy HiArt and dynamic linac intensity-modulated radiotherapy (dIMRT).

Date:
April 2008

Radiation treatment of scalp malignancies can be a challenge due to the multiple curved surfaces to which homogenous dose must be delivered. The most readily available techniques utilize linear accelerator-based technique of opposed lateral electron field abutting opposed lateral photon field with central blocking.

Date:
April 2008

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System Options

The TomoTherapy® H™ Series offers interactive planning and efficient delivery of highly sculpted doses for personalized and consistent treatments. Integrated daily CT image guidance enables precise patient positioning, margin reduction, adaptive planning and pinpoint dose accuracy for every radiation therapy patient.

The TomoHDA™ System offers the ultimate flexibility in treatment delivery, enabling unrivaled dose conformality, faster treatments and faster concurrent treatment planning.

TomoEDGE™ spares more normal tissue while enabling increased throughput and unprecedented quality. It can help practices expand by providing efficient care to patients with difficult-to-treat tumors that are outside the capability of conventional radiation therapy systems.

The TomoHD™ System combines both TomoHelical™ and TomoDirect™ into a single, comprehensive solution that efficiently handles clinical indications of any complexity with ease. This integrated solution enables accurate and efficient treatment of tumors anywhere in the body.
The TomoH™ System is the gold standard for image-guided IMRT treatment delivery – it maximizes both conformality and target dose uniformity. CTrue™ image guidance provides daily 3D CT target localization and enables margin reduction while sparing healthy tissue. The ultra-fast, binary MLC enables unprecedented intensity modulation.

reNEW™ Certified Pre-Owned Program

Accuray is pleased to offer a Certified Pre-Owned option for hospitals and cancer centers ready to adopt the TomoTherapy® platform for advanced radiation therapy. Distinguished by its integrated image guidance and unique helical and direct delivery modes, TomoTherapy technology provides a true competitive edge, benefiting both your staff and patients.

An Exceptional Value

With the reNEW program, Accuray offers a special TomoTherapy TomoHD™ System which includes the same fast treatment planning and flexible delivery capabilities available on the newest TomoTherapy systems. These features help ensure workflow efficiency and consistency for departments, with high treatment quality for the full range of radiation oncology indications.

Certified Pre-Owned TomoHD System

Available only from the Accuray reNEW program
Key Features:
  • VoLO™ Treatment Planning
  • TomoHelical™ Delivery Mode
  • TomoDirect™ Delivery Mode
  • CTrue™ Daily Imaging
  • High Performance Couch
  • Operator Station Couch Control
  • Power Conditioner
  • Total Quality Assurance (TQA™) Essentials Software
  • 2.5 and 5 cm Beams



Key System Performance Upgrades:
  • Dose Control System (DCS)
  • Extended Life Magnetron
  • Multileaf Collimator (MLC) Enhancements
  • Fixed Target Linac (FTL)
Notable Options
  • High Performance VoLO™ Treatment Planning
  • Remote Software Solutions
  • Planned Adaptive™ Software
  • TQA Total Software
  • 1 cm Beam
*For complete configuration details, please contact your Accuray technology representative. Please note: The reNEW program is not available in all territories.

A Rigorous Certification Process

In addition to powerful clinical capabilities, reNEW TomoHD Systems bring peace-of-mind in knowing each has been prepared by Accuray technicians for optimal performance. Prior to shipment, Certified Pre-Owned systems must pass an initial inspection and meet strict eligibility requirements during a comprehensive certification process at the Accuray Manufacturing Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Our Commitment to Your Satisfaction

TomoTherapy System user satisfaction has improved significantly over time, culminating recently in Accuray achieving the highest rating for a radiation oncology vendor to be reported by MD Buyline.

The sustained increase in user satisfaction is a reflection of progress made through investments in system performance and reliability, as well as training and service. Through the reNEW program, Accuray extends our commitment to meeting more customers' unique clinical and operational needs. Source: MD Buyline Radiation Treatment Delivery System Market Intelligence Briefing™ Q4 2016. Used with permission January 4, 2017.

For additional information, including details on service program offerings, please contact your Accuray technology representative.
The TomoTherapy System vs Conventional Linacs