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[MOL] Shortens Radiation Treatment With Siemens' SIMTEC Software

Morristown Memorial Hospital Shortens Radiation Treatment Times With Siemens' 
SIMTEC Software for Delivering Radiation Therapy

MORRISTOWN, N.J.--(BW HealthWire)--Oct. 21, 1999--Morristown Memorial 
Hospital has cut cancer treatment time in half for some patients by using 
Siemens' SIMTEC(TM) software specially designed to automatically deliver 
intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), an advanced cancer treatment 
that pinpoints complex radiation doses on tumors as it minimizes radiation 
damage to healthy surrounding tissues. 

James Wong, MD, Chairman of the Radiation Oncology Department at Morristown 
Memorial Hospital said, "The introduction of SIMTEC to Morristown Memorial 
Hospital's Carol G. Simon Cancer Center has allowed us to deliver highly 
sophisticated treatments in a timely and effective manner, increasing 
department productivity and best of all reducing patient treatment time. 

"We have two PRIMUS(TM) linear accelerators with SIMTEC, BEAMVIEW(PLUSTM) 
portal imaging systems, LANTIS with ImageRT(TM) option, a Somatom Plus 4 CT 
system, and a SIMVIEW 3000(TM) simulator. Most of our cases are curative in 
nature and not simple plans. Approximately 60 percent of setups are either 
four to six fields that with standard blocks treatment would take 15 minutes 
from start to finish. We can now treat six field prostates in seven minutes. 
That is a reduction in time of 53 percent in treatment deliveries." 

Patrick Boyle, Group Vice President, Oncology Care Systems, Siemens Medical 
Systems noted, "The significant value of SIMTEC for our customers is that 
hospitals and community clinics can achieve the cost efficiencies they need, 
while also offering their patients the benefit of less time spent in a 
treatment procedure." 

SIMTEC allows IMRT treatments to be delivered in an automated fashion that 
decreases total time to set up and deliver patient treatments. Therapists are 
able to set up automated sequencing from outside of the treatment room, thus 
eliminating the need to re-enter the room between treatments. 

This means that more patients can be treated in a shorter period of time. At 
the same time, patients get more comfortable treatments by lessening the 
amount of total time required for their daily treatment. SIMTEC also 
automatically verifies the treatment delivery, which is critical benefit for 
both hospital and patient. 

Morristown Memorial Hospital is an Atlantic Health System 517-bed hospital in 
Morristown, NJ. A major teaching, private, non-profit hospital affiliated 
with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey New Jersey 
Medical School, Morristown Memorial's specialties include adult and pediatric 
oncology, cardiology and cardiac surgery, critical and emergency care and 
inpatient rehabilitation and neonatal intensive care services. The cancer 
center provides a one-stop shopping for patients so they can see a medical 
oncologist, radiation oncologist, and a surgeon all in the same building. 

The Oncology Care Systems Group, based in Concord, Calif., develops and 
markets a range of radiation oncology products for the worldwide market. It 
is part of Siemens Medical Systems, Inc., a leading supplier of advanced 
medical electronic systems and products. The company employs about 4,700 
people in the U.S, and has annual sales of about $1.7 billion. The Siemens 
Oncology Care Systems Group's website address is 
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