The Philips Brilliance Big Bore CT scanner is designed as a CT simulator to meet the needs of radiation oncology, focusing on accuracy, patient positioning, imaging performance, and intuitive workflow. It features 60 cm true scan FOV for full anatomic visualisation and provides spatial positioning accuracy of less than 2mm between the imaging plane and the laser marking plane for confidence in patient marking. This meets the AAPM TG 66.
It offers excellent image quality as a foundation for accurate contouring and treatment plans and the pulmonary toolkit provides a comprehensive set of tools for evaluating tumour motion and aids in making clinical decisions. iPatient provides patient-centred imaging, including imaging for simulation and treatment planning. It features a simple user interface to manage image quality, dose and speed of acquisition.
Sarah Jhally continues, “Over the next few months our plan is to develop and implement 4DCT techniques, including the use of the Bellows system and the installation of the Elekta Active Breathing Co-ordinator (ABC) to further develop our Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) technique. We find the scanner a very radiographer-friendly system and the two scanners being identical aid training and staff competencies, QA services and workflow. The Philips team has been very informative, offering site visits and continuous support throughout the process. MPCE also found that Philips responded quickly to questions and had a good presence on site during commissioning.”
The department is equipped with four Elekta linear accelerators incorporating an Elekta Synergy, two Elekta Versa HDs and an Elekta Agility. These are all supported by the hospital’s Mosaiq Record and Verify system. The service also provides an Xstrahl Orthovoltage unit and brachytherapy treatment using Flexitron HDR/PDR units. The two wide-bore CT scanners are linked to Prosoma virtual simulation and Philips’ AQSim system, which will be introduced during 2019. Also being installed is an Elekta Active Breathing Co-ordinator (ABC), which it is hoped will go live later in the year.