Egypt’s Ministry of Health has selected Elekta’s radiation treatment technologies for its hospitals including the National Cancer Institute in Cairo.
The technologies include Versa HD, three Synergy Platform linear accelerators and MOSAIQ oncology information system and Monaco treatment planning system and services.
This development comes following an order in 2016 for five Versa HD systems.
Around 110,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Egypt and 10% of these patients are at risk of dying from cancer even before they reach 75 years.
Elekta’s Versa HD linear accelerator will help in the treatment of a wide range of cancers.
NCI’s Radiotherapy Department head professor Medhat Elsebaie said: “Our radiation oncology unit receives thousands of new patients every year.
“With Elekta’s leading technology, we can offer these patients advanced treatment techniques using stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). We expect both Versa HD and Synergy to contribute to improved workflows in our clinic and greater patient satisfaction and outcomes.”
Elekta vice president for Middle East and Africa Habib Nehme said: “We are very pleased that the Egyptian government continues to rely on Elekta solutions to provide the best treatment for the country’s cancer patients.
“Orders for nine superior linacs and software over the past couple years demonstrate the country’s commitment to bringing modern cancer care to the third-most populous country in Africa.”
The equipment will be bought by El-Gomhouria for Trading Chemicals and Medical Appliances, which supplies medical devices, radiology and medical supplies to the Ministry of Health, the armed forces and hospitals.
The hospitals to deploy the equipment include the New National Cancer institute, Cairo University; Kafr El-Sheikh Oncology Center; Al-qabari Oncology Center, Alexandria; and Qena University Oncology Center.
This order has been booked in the third quarter of Elekta’s 2017/18 fiscal year.
The first deliveries of the linear accelerators will be done in August.