Thursday, January 11, 2018

All you need to know about LINAC System

What is a LINAC System?

A LINAC system delivers high intensity radiations in the body of patients who suffer from cancer for their treatment. Radiation enters the patient’s body in a precise manner to treat deep-seated tumors. The reason this form of treatment has become popular is because it lessens the overall treatment duration and can more easily pin-point the exact tumor without ruining the surrounding healthy tissue.

LINAC devices, otherwise known as linear accelerators, work by using microwave technology. High energy x-rays are produced by this device by accelerating electrons. When these x-rays exit the machine, they take the shape of the tumor in the patient’s body. A beam is used to direct these x-rays to the tumor. It comes out of gantry; a part of the accelerator.

Factors to Consider for Buying this Machine

If you want to buy such a machine for your hospital, there are certain factors that you need to consider taking the final decision. The topmost factor you need to consider is LINAC system costs. In the recent years, the costs have increased. The clinic needs to have a plan before taking the decision of buying this machine for the treatment of cancer patients.

Moreover, hospital staff and technicians must be made aware of how this system works. Proper training is required for operating this machine. A patient, with a deep-seated tumor, is made to lie on a moveable couch specifically used for treatment purposes. This couch can move in different directions. To ensure that the patient lies in a proper position, lasers are used. Gantry is rotated to deliver radiations in the patient’s body from different angles.

Maintenance of LINAC System

It is important to keep your LINAC machine in a proper condition for its smooth functioning. For this purpose, you will need to contact LINAC services provider for its maintenance. With a little research, you can find a LINAC services provider easily. However, you need to be sure of the standard of their services. Make sure they have experience of handling such a machine and their technicians are expert in providing maintenance services.

Safety of Patients and Technicians

It is important to observe patient’s safety before using this treatment method to cure them. First, the dosage of treatment is double-checked and ensured it is as prescribed by the oncologist. A whole treatment plan is devised for patient keeping in view their condition and place of the tumor. Moreover, every time the patient is to be given a dose of this treatment, it is ensured that the machine is in a good condition and radiation intensity is uniform. Special care is taken so that a higher dose is not given to the patient than prescribed. Apart from patient’s safety, the safety of operating staff is also considered. For this purpose, concrete walls are used to shield the x-ray beams.

Acceletronics is an independent service company dedicated to delivering the best equipment performance and service reliability from Linear Accelerators and CT Scanners across all major brands and models. Learn more about Acceletronics and their selection of new and refurbished linear accelerators and CT scanners today at http://www.acceletronics.com.  To contact one of our LINAC experts call 610.524.3300.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Servicing LINAC Systems

Cancer is one of the most awful diseases in the world.  It is a disease that destroys millions of lives every year throughout the world. Experts in medical science are making a great effort from a long time to find appropriate treatment solution for this disease. Thanks to modern technologies and the recent treatments, it is now possible to find success in combating advanced stages of cancer. Linear Accelerator (LINAC) Systems are gaining popularity as radiology has shown some positive results for the treatment of cancer.

Keeping Equipment Maintained

If you are providing cancer treatment services at your clinic it is very important to keep your LINAC system in working condition all the time so that your patients can receive the right treatment at your facility. This is one of the many reasons medical facilities are encouraged to hire service engineers from reputable sources when maintaining and fixing radiation oncology equipment within your facility.
LINAC machines are made of a variety of components and each one of them has a unique functionality. It is important to maintain them to ensure high performance for all tests. When any of these parts fails to operate, they force the entire machine to stop working.  Then you may have to spend more on major repair and replacements. Also, such failures cause long downtime and it may affect the reputation of your facility. In order to stay safe from loss of revenue, reputation, and more it is important to call for a LINAC repair/service team from time to time to ensure routine checkups of your machinery so that it can stay tuned to good health.

Here are few tips for choosing right service company for your LINAC systems:

  • Check available solutions:
In order to ensure that your LINAC system stays in safe hands, look for companies with a long-lasting reputation within the medical service industry.  It is important to check their service policy and ensure their 24/7 availability if equipment needs immediate repairs above and beyond routine maintenance.  It is crucial to employ trained professionals with years of experience in this field.  Ask for recommendations on servicing from sellers of LINAC Systems and other radiation therapy machines
  • Go through their websites:
As soon as you have prepared the list of best companies, it is time to visit their official websites and look at how long they have been in this business, their reputation, machines that they are certified to service, and more. The company’s websites will provide you details about their experience, qualifications, and quality of work. This information is essential to narrow down your selection. You can also communicate with them via website based chat support, phone, or email to ask questions and get to know more about the quality of service they offer.
  • Check reviews:
The next important task is to check what other people around the world say about them. You should check customer reviews about your shortlisted companies to know if people are satisfied with their services or not. If you find more negative reviews about the company, it is good to look for other option for LINAC services.
  • Don’t compromise quality for the price:

Quality vs Cheap Price

While selecting the right LINAC system repair service provider, it is good to look for a quality service provider over instead of price. It is not good to take a risk with the cheap repair services; the best idea is to look for experienced and professional service providers.
Acceletronics is an independent service company dedicated to delivering the best equipment performance and service reliability from Linear Accelerators and CT Scanners across all major brands and models. Learn more about Acceletronics and their selection of new and refurbished linear accelerators and CT scanners today at http://www.acceletronics.com.  To contact one of our LINAC experts call 610.524.3300.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Process of Refurbishing Large Scaled Medical Equipment

Smart pacemakers, insulin pumps, x-ray machines, drug infusion pumps, gamma cameras, and a linear accelerator (LINAC) are just some of the many medical devices and equipment used for a variety of clinical applications including oncology, cardiology, neurology, and others for general imaging.

In most cases, in order to ensure the highest patient satisfaction and system uptime large scaled medical equipment are fortified with remote service capabilities for a full remote access and diagnosis to ensure that small problems do not turn into big downtime. This level of pre-emptive monitoring and trending of key performance indicators have come in ensuring an interruption-free imaging, detection efficiency, and patient evaluations.

Needing Repair/ Upgrades

Large scaled medical equipment such as a linear accelerator are complicated devices that contains hundreds, if not thousands of parts that play a cohesive role to safely generate beams of radiation that kill cancer and save human lives. Irreparable damage to any of these vital parts of a linear accelerator (an upgrade itself) would cost a hospital thousands of dollars, not forgetting that the medical equipment weighs several thousand pounds and the cost of having it professionally and safely dismantled, removed and properly disposed of can, needless to say, be unspeakable.

Using a Professional Tech

Before any large scaled medical equipment can reach a zero market value, it is important to work with reputable and professional linear accelerator technicians who by rights, go through a rigorous five-step procedure to make ensure the installation of the replaced parts are ready for use again in a refurbished linear accelerator and at a bundled discounts on software and other accessories.
The main components of a linear accelerator include the gantry, the stand, the modulator cabinet, control console, and the treatment couch - each with critical components within it that has undergone rigorous testing to ensure optimal performance. When it comes to refurbished linear devices, only independent refurbishment companies can provide a full beam testing.

Roles of a Technician

Biomedical equipment technician with a Bachelors’ degree in electrical or mechanical engineering will typically perform the following roles when refurbishing a linear accelerator:
  • Provide preventive maintenance scheduling and responding to down machines
  • A technician can assist in the design and modification of treatment accessories
  • Ensure that each damaged piece of a linear accelerator undergoes thorough testing
  • Maintain inventory and order parts for linear accelerators
  • Organize vendor service and documentation
  • Carry out an assembly, functional testing and replace parts as needed
  • Assess the uniformity, balance and dosimetry system of the dose output
  • Carry out a cosmetic assessment process of the patient couch and whether it needs to be professionally covered with OEM textured paint
  • He or she will carry out a 17 point pre-shipment check list and inventory
  • Arrange transportation if necessary
  • Conduct operational checks and adjustments in order to ensure that the linear accelerator meets all the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) specifications
Operating a linear accelerator with a decent-sized patient load is ideally what any doctor wants. Regular maintenance and repairs can be a great solution.
Acceletronics is an independent service company dedicated to delivering the best equipment performance and service reliability from Linear Accelerators and CT Scanners across all major brands and models. Learn more about Acceletronics and their selection of new and refurbished linear accelerators and CT scanners today at http://www.acceletronics.com.  To contact one of our LINAC experts call 610.524.3300.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Theraview TBI (Total Body Irradiation) Image Guided RadioTherapy System

Bring new confidence, reliability and safety on-line with TheraView®, the cost effective, low-dose, high resolution IGRT digital portal imaging and workstation software solution.

Acceletronics is North America's full service and sales dealer for Cablon Medical's latest TheraView Technology IGRT solutions.
The TheraView TargetCheck® IGRT workstation, which connects to your existing OEM portal imaging system, is delivered web-enabled to allow remote access for review and has image management networkoptions available that bring the full functionality of TargetCheck®, TheraView's powerful beam alignment verification software, to remote workstations thru-out the department.
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The TheraView TBI (Total Body Irradiation) Image Guided RadioTherapy System can help you significantly improve TBI treatment procedures and outcomes. This flexible, mobile stand-alone imager is part of the integrated TheraView imaging product suite and the only commercially available TBI product of its kind today. Faster results, fewer errors. Instead of simply producing a single image, our solution relies on Intrafraction Monitoring in the form of live video capture to provide high quality megavoltage (MV) images. Video captures can be stopped and restarted to accomodate for changes in the patient's position - so there's no risk of needing to repeat the entire patient setup procedure. This will deliver significantly greater efficiency, faster results and improved treatment quality.
The TheraView Couch Setup Assist (TCSA), is an optional hardware/software solution that enables a faster, more accurate positioning of your patient. With TCSA, you can enhance patient care by reducing time spent on the treatment table and the number of trips in and out of the room by the Therapist. TCSA helps position the patient quickly with precision, reducing setup misalignments during patient setup. TCSA integrates with most all treatment couches and all movements are retraceable from the main application.
  For the department that needs an EPID installed on their existing Linac, the TheraView EPID for IGRT uses high reliability, less costly, radiation hardened, cooled C3D digital X-Ray camera technology for excellent, reliable and stable image quality, with a fiber-optic digital image transmission path to the workstation providing a virtually noise free image. TheraView mounts on any non-beam-stopper linear accelerator and provides superb real-time portal imaging. TheraView is DICOM-RT compatible with all popular image management systems and has motorized digitally controlled movements for accurate and easy set-up, use and stowage. Continual development by the experts at TheraView consistently deliver advanced timely solutions with changing treatment protocols. With the Theraview TargetCheck® IGRT workstation, TBI Image Guided RadioTherapy System or Theraview EPID, manufactured by Cablon Medical (www.theraview.com) you can deliver the current and future technology treatments with accuracy, verification and safety. Please contact us to discuss your MV imaging needs and schedule an online demonstration, we can be reached via email at info@acceletronics.com or call us at 800-543-5144.   More information can be found on our website: http://www.acceletronics.com/medical/theraview-igrt-portal-imaging-system.php and on YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9_UAk8DMt4

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Popular Options for Treating Cancer

Cancer is the second leading cause of death, morbidity, and mortality worldwide and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Staying away from tobacco and alcohol, limiting time in the sun, being physically active and eating healthy foods has been credited with reducing the risk of developing most types of cancers. There are also various screening tests that can be done for some types of cancers so they can be found as early as possible and before they have spread.

Effective Treatments

Significant improvements can be made by detecting cancer early and avoiding delays in care. This can be achieved through early diagnosis, which consists of clinical evaluation, diagnosis, staging, and access to care. There are also screening programs such as visual inspection for cervical cancer, mammography screening for breast cancer, or HPV testing for cervical cancer that aim to identify individuals with abnormalities suggestive of specific cancers.

Common types of cancers, like breast cancer, oral, and colorectal, cervical cancer have increased cure rates when caught and treated early. There are also vaccines that have proven useful in treating cancers that are caused by viruses such as the human papilloma virus (HPV).

Medical equipment such as the linear accelerator machine has the ability to deliver another type of cancer treatment using intensity modulated radiation therapy. Linear accelerator machines use excessive energy x-ray, commonly known as microwave technology, fit to the tumor’s shape to destroy cancer cells while protecting the surrounding healthy tissue.

This next point is geared toward addressing various safety concerns of patients that come with using this medical equipment. It doesn’t matter whether the linear accelerator machine is new or a refurbished LINAC system because, in the hands of a competent radiation oncologist, patients can expect to receive the appropriate treatment volume and dosage.

Proper Testing an Maintenance

Doctors who work with linear accelerator machines also perform consistent safety checks before treatment is given and the regular maintenance of the equipment is not only to alleviate the delivery of a higher dose than the radiation oncologist has prescribed but also to ensure that any malfunctions during the treatment process never occurs.

A new or refurbished LINAC system will make clicking or whirring sounds similar to a vacuum cleaner, which may scare patients. The radiation therapist controls the movement and checks to ensure that the equipment is working properly and he or she is there to stop the machine if by any chance a patient is concerned about anything that is happening in the treatment room or feels uncomfortable during the treatment.

Quality Treatment

Continual improvement of medical imaging equipment is important, especially when a medical practitioner wants to benefit his practice in both patient quality care and staff productivity. Not only have new technological advances in radiation therapy made life easier for cancer patients, but ongoing investment in new technology is now making treatments quicker, accurate and effective, therefore making this form of therapy a popular option for treating cancer and reducing its recurrence.

Acceletronics is an independent service company dedicated to delivering the best equipment performance and service reliability from Linear Accelerators and CT Scanners across all major brands and models. Learn more about Acceletronics and their selection of new and refurbished linear accelerators and CT scanners today at http://www.acceletronics.com.  To contact one of our LINAC experts call 610.524.3300.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Should You Repair or Replace Medical Equipment?

For hospitals and medical equipment owners, the dilemma of whether to repair or replace faulty medical equipment can be a headache. When it comes to oncology equipment components and parts are important to be in top-notch condition so that there is no discrepancy left in treating patients with these important medical devices.

If you are someone who is finding it hard to whether replace or repair the components of your LINAC, then we are here to help you decide.

Take A Look At the History

First, consider the equipment’s past.  According to Healthcare Finance, one of the many things to look for when deciding between repairing and replacing is considering the equipment’s past. Since you have been operating the equipment for long, you should have a good idea of how it had been in the past. Has it had to be repaired, just once in a blue moon or is this first time that it needs to be repaired. If the equipment has needed to be constantly repaired or seems to be failing more and more often than maybe it is time that it is replaced.

Then leverage the costs between repairing the equipment constantly and buying a new machine.  You may find that repairing then equipment costs more than purchasing a new one. This fact holds true especially for the components that have been used for a long time. You should compare the costs of the new equipment and the cost of repairing and then reach a decision.

Also look at the performance of the devices.  Has it been performing well?  Has it been breaking down?  Too often, a broken device does not work properly even after it is repaired. Thus, in this situation, changing it or only the part which had been repaired becomes imperative. You shouldn’t resort to the faulty performance of the instrument just because it costs less.

What do manufacturers say about this?

You shouldn’t replace any equipment just because of a tiny fault for that is going to increase the burden on your pocket. However, when it comes to the following considerations, manufacturers prefer complete replacement.

Innovation in technology is happening every day. There are many parts of LINAC which are improved for better performance. The advance linear accelerators of today have better functionality and reduced breaking frequency. Also, the fact cannot be ignored that some patients prefer to be treated with new and innovative equipment rather than the ones that had been made years ago. Considering this, it becomes important to think about replacing the medical equipment so that treatments are carried out in a better way.

Obtaining peace of mind is an important element for patients and medical facilities.  Evaluating the right price of repairing can be very hard. Before you call a repairer, you should consider how long the equipment would go further in the future after the repair. As you can see this whole process just takes away the peace of mind, replacing the equipment is a better option. Most medical equipment comes with a warranty as you might know. This means that you can expect no burdens of repairing for a long time to come.

Look At Your Finances

If we were to give you a clear-cut verdict on whether you should change or repair your linear accelerator parts or LINAC parts, then we’d say that considering all the factors above, it solely depends upon the state of your company’s finance at the time the machine broke down.
Acceletronics is an independent service company dedicated to delivering the best equipment performance and service reliability from Linear Accelerators and CT Scanners across all major brands and models. Learn more about Acceletronics and their selection of new and refurbished linear accelerators and CT scanners today at http://www.acceletronics.com.  To contact one of our LINAC experts call 610.524.3300.

Friday, December 1, 2017

How Do Linear Accelerators & CT Scanners Work In Cancer Treatment?

Cancerous cells in the body grow and divide rapidly.  Faster in fact than ordinary treatment machines can handle. The level of growth in cancer cells is in high proportion compared to the growth of healthy cells around the same area. The cancerous cells are developing quickly and in no time at all will turn into tumors causing excruciating pains and discomfort to the patient. For this reason, a special treatment machine, a linear accelerator, is needed to stem the advancement of the cancer cell and protect healthy cells from fallen victims during treatment.  This radiation equipment is often referred to as LINAC systems and work with CT scanners to treat and detect areas of the body affected by cancer cells.

Targeting Cancer

Linear accelerators & CT scanners use a focused beam of energy to destroy cancerous cells while avoiding healthy tissues in surrounding areas from damage. The machine aims at delivering targeted treatment through the generation of energy-intensive beams delivered from different angles to focus on the parts affected by the tumor to pass a precision quantity of radiation energy to treat cancer patients.

Before commencing treatment with linear accelerators, the treatment plan will involve different types of 3-D scans of the body such as CT scanners, PET scan or MRI. These scans and some other test results conducted by the radiation oncologist and a team of treatment experts will determine the best technique suitable for each case.

How Cancer Treatments Work

Linear accelerators or LINAC works by using image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) which involves applying a variety of digital imaging technology to locate the exact location of the tumor in the patient’s body and target the area for treatment. This advanced, precision-driven radiation therapy is used worldwide to battle the scourge of cancers globally. The exciting part of this equipment is its ability to locate and treat a dynamic ailment as cancer which is known to shift from time to time, and therefore LINAC uses powerful precision target radiation beam energy to pinpoint the exact location of a tumor and destroys it with minimal damage to healthy cells.

Linear accelerators use photons (X-rays) to deliver IGRT radiation. The machine is about 15 feet long and stands nearly nine feet tall which rotates around the patient with great precision. LINAC uses microwave energy, just like what is used in satellite TV transmission to accelerate electrons at almost the speed of light. Upon getting to the highest rate, the electrons collide with a tungsten target and releases photons.

3 Steps Of Treatment

Cancer treatment involves three steps: diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment delivery. The starting stage – diagnosis, uses the CT scanners to pinpoint the exact location of the tumor, the planning stage is using simulation to confirm the precise location of the cancer cells further because it will require radiation beam for treatment and it is essential to avoid killing healthy cells. Once the cancer cells are localized, the radiation treatment plan is concluded, and treatment delivery will commence.

Treatment delivery is a highly coordinated effort to ensure maximum impact. It could be 5 days per week schedule which may last for nine weeks or so. Due to the seriousness and highly sensitive nature of cancer treatment, using linear accelerators require intensive treatment preparations involving CT scanners and other diagnostic tools to ascertain the exact position of cancer cells before delivering the therapy.

Acceletronics is an independent service company dedicated to delivering the best equipment performance and service reliability from Linear Accelerators and CT Scanners across all major brands and models. Learn more about Acceletronics and their selection of new and refurbished linear accelerators and CT scanners today at http://www.acceletronics.com.  To contact one of our LINAC experts call 610.524.3300.