Gleneagles Hospital and Medical Centre

Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore has become the first hospital in the region to use an Elekta Synergy treatment system equipped with Agility 160-leaf multi-leaf collimator (MLC) in radiation therapies for cancer patients.

The treatment system will allow the hospital to step up therapy delivery, by cutting treatment times nearly in half, and improve dose sculpting capabilities.

Gleneagles Hospital chief physicist Yak Koon Tay said for two of the three patients first treated using the system, the beam delivery took almost half the time it takes on the existing treatment system.

"Patients benefit from various advantages that Agility brings, including low transmission, high leaf speed, optimal leaf width, orthogonal tracking jaws and consistently good penumbra and accuracy," Tay added.

"With the low MLC transmission of less than 0.5%, patients with cancer will receive reduced mean dose to organs-at-risk.

"Continuously variable dose rate [CVDR] – which allows the dose rate to be adjusted to its ideal value during delivery of both dynamic and VMAT techniques – makes the delivery of the prescription smoother and faster when compared to a discrete dose rate."

Gleneagles Hospital acquired Elekta Synergy in June 2012 with Agility integrated, powered by the Integrity R3.0 digital control system, and also plans to carry out treatments with Elekta’s Monaco treatment planning system.

Image: Gleneagles Hospital is the first hospital in Singapore to use Agility. Photo courtesy of Sengkang.