May 11, 2015 - High-precision patient positioning is key in Ion Beam Therapy. Delivering highly conformal radiation doses to the tumor while sparing the surrounding tissue requires cutting edge patient positioning technology. MedAustron, BEC and medPhoton are redefining the future of imaging in particle therapy by providing the fastest, largest field of view and best image quality 3D cone beam CT. BEC’s robotic positioning and medPhoton’s ultra-fast image acquisition enable accurate, precise and high throughput patient positioning. This unique system will be used clinically for the first time at Austrian center for ion beam therapy and research, MedAustron. Patients can be positioned better than ever before and therefore irradiated much more precisely. The unprecedented innovative system provides unique accuracy, speed and image quality unparalleled in the areas of medical robotics and imaging.
October 30, 2014 - Together with industry partners and researchers from the RWTH Aachen and the university clinic Aachen BEC starts a project for motion compensation of moving targets in cancer therapy.
September 1, 2014 - Through the development of the floor-mounted examove 7F, BEC and KUKA added the last piece to a modular system for robotic patient positioning that can easily be customized for different areas of application. examove 7F can easily be installed in new and existing treatment rooms without requiring any structural alterations. The examove 7F patient positioning system is based on the KUKA KR300 R2500 ultra robot. Thousands of KR300 systems have been successfully installed worldwide and demonstrate their reliability day after day under the toughest conditions. Even though examove 7F is a very compact robotic positioning system it nonetheless boasts a payload capacity of up to 300 kg. The agility of the robotic system enables examove 7F to position and move patients in all six degrees of freedom (DOF) and perform +/- 180 degree isocentric rotations. The exacontrol high-level drive controls allow safe, smooth motion with optimized drive settings.
May 6, 2014 - ESTRO 33 is the premier European event in Radiation Oncology and will focus on new and emerging developments in the field. Since the foundation of ESTRO, more than 30 years ago, Radiation Oncology has fortunately seen continuous change with virtually every aspect of the basic science of our discipline and of the clinical treatment drastically improving for the benefit of patient care. In this context, ESTRO 33 will assist ESTRO’s recent Vision for 2020 statement that: “Every cancer patient in Europe will have access to state of the art radiation therapy, as part of a multidisciplinary approach where treatment is individualised for the specific patient’s cancer, taking account of the patient’s personal circumstances”. Together with medPhoton (Austria) and our customer MedAustron (Austria) BEC will present the exacure system and the facility of MedAustron to Europe's leading experts. Exacure is a very flexible system that combines the examove high-precision patient positioning system with various medical components for use in conventional, high-precision photon and particle radiotherapy. One special feature of the module is the exaview imaging system from medPhoton, used for online patient position verification and correction. With the modular exacontrol irradiation room control platform, all components can be implemented in a single control system.