Riverina Cancer Care Centre (RCCC) in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia, has reduced beam delivery time by around seven minutes for various cancers using the Elekta Synergy radiotherapy system.

The Elekta Synergy radiotherapy system, which replaced Siemens treatment machines, is equipped with an Agility 160-leaf multi-leaf collimator (MLC).

Agility delivers radiation to the distinctive contours of the tumor and reduces radiation exposure of healthy normal tissues.

"Reducing beam delivery time for complex IMRT treatments by up to seven minutes – from around 16 or 17 minutes with our previous system to nine or ten minutes with the Agility-equipped Synergy, this is a very significant efficiency and clinical benefit."

Riverina Cancer Care Centre managing director Damien Williams said the centre’s physicians have been very pleasantly surprised with the delivery speed of Agility, and its beam-shaping accuracy.

"Reducing beam delivery time for complex IMRT treatments by up to seven minutes – from around 16 or 17 minutes with our previous system to nine or ten minutes with the Agility-equipped Synergy, this is a very significant efficiency and clinical benefit," Williams added.

"The interdigitation capabilities of Agility enables far fewer segments for complex plans. We also have observed a marked difference in the precision we can achieve."

Agility includes ultra-fast leaf movements – twice as fast as other MLCs generally used in the industry, according to Elekta.

The Elekta Synergy radiotherapy system has also helped the RCCC to cut the waiting list for the much-needed cancer treatment.

The RCCC treated its first patients using the Elekta Synergy system on 30 July and since then it has managed to bring its Elekta Synergy patient load up to an average of 40 patients per day.

The cancer care centre is planning to deploy a second Elekta Synergy with Agility by December 2012, according to Elekta.