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Wide Bore CT Enhances Oncologic Radiotherapy Treatment

By MedImaging International staff writers
Posted on 15 Nov 2018
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Image: An 85cm wide bore facilitates CT imaging and nuclear medicine (Photo courtesy of Fujifilm).
Image: An 85cm wide bore facilitates CT imaging and nuclear medicine (Photo courtesy of Fujifilm).
A novel 85cm wide bore computed tomography (CT) imaging unit offers enhanced and efficient CT radiotherapy treatment (RT) planning capabilities.

The Fujifilm (Tokyo, Japan) FCT Embrace is designed to improve accuracy throughout the entire oncology care cycle, by optimally matching the rotational arc of the linear accelerator (LINAC) with that of the wide bore, thus providing precise positioning options for both preliminary simulation and RT treatment planning. Oncology patients can be imaged in their optimal treatment position at the full clinical image quality afforded by 64 slice or 128 slice configurations. The FCT Embrace is comprised of just 4 major parts with 100 components that connect seamlessly using brushless PowerLink slip-ring technology, thus streamlining installation and maintenance.

For radiology and radiation oncology professionals who face logistical complexity while making high-stakes care decisions, the FCT Embrace also features a modular platform to seamlessly serve the needs of a wide range of medical specialties, spanning oncology, pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, and emergency care. The 85-cm bore is one-size-fits-all, comfortably accommodating virtually any patient, from bariatric to pediatric; and procedure, from prone breast board to large biopsy needle placement.

Additionally, the bore aperture is conveniently suited to RT treatment planning software, easing the transition from radiology to oncology. Innovative 4D gating technology accounts for patient movement while breathing, allowing more targeted treatment options. The FCT Embrace also offers the industry’s widest table at 49 cm, minimizing the risk of falling and maximizing comfort for a wide range of patients, including bariatric patients weighing up to 300 kilograms.

“Our goal is to simplify the workflow of radiation oncology professionals. We are delivering on this promise with the FCT Embrace, a one-stop solution for the entire radiation therapy workflow offering CT imaging, simulation, treatment planning, and more,” said Alan Glenn, vice president of sales at Fujifilm. “Its sheer size at 85-cm bore optimally matches the rotational arc of the linear accelerator to offer easier and precise positioning options for simulation while providing an open patient experience. The modular platform maximizes synergies of care.”

“In 1936, we took our first steps in the development of X-ray film; and in 1983, we pioneered the first digitized radiography system in the world,” said Johann Fernando, PhD, Chief Operating Officer of Fujifilm Medical Systems USA. “Once again we are innovating with the launch of the FCT Embrace, a solution that provides the most slices ever seen on an 85cm bore system. Designed to improve radiation oncology care, this advanced solution boosts patient comfort and security by offering the widest tabletop currently available.”

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