Elekta and Philips extend cancer imaging project

Elekta and Royal Philips Electronics are set to expand a joint project to develop a cancer imaging treatment platform that combines radiation therapy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.

The development programme will include a research consortium of radiation oncology centres and clinicians, which now includes the University Medical Center Utrecht.

The establishment of the consortium is said to mark the next step in the collaboration between Elekta, a specialist in neurosurgery and radiation therapy systems, and Philips, a provider of medical imaging systems.

The consortium’s mission will be to merge precision radiation delivery with MRI in a single MRI-guided radiation therapy system. This will reportedly enable doctors to achieve excellent soft-tissue imaging during radiation therapy and to adapt treatment delivery in real time for extremely precise cancer treatments.