Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in the UK has become the first NHS hospital to install a robotic radiosurgery system.

The CyberKnife, developed by Accuray Inc, uses high-doses of radiation to treat tumours without invasive surgery.

Tumours aren’t static – a lung tumour can move as a patient breathes, for example. CyberKnife automatically tracks, detects and corrects tumour and patient movement in real-time throughout the treatment.

More than 190 of the devices have been installed in leading hospitals in the Americas, Europe and Asia. To date, the system has been used to treat more than 80,000 patients.

Accuray received US Food & Drug Administration clearance for CyberKnife in 1999, and the product was commercially launched in 2003.

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