Medibord, the UK designer and manufacturer of patient positioning boards for use in MRI scanners and radiotherapy treatments, has announced that its Medibord oncology couch top has won a 2010 Da Vinci Award from Loughborough University.
Launched in 2009, Medibord is a radio-translucent, MR-compatible composite created in partnership with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) in response to NUH oncologists’ need to fuse CT and MR scans to improve prostate-cancer treatment.
It also enables NUH to use IMRT, a precise form of radiotherapy, to treat head and neck tumours.
As Medibord can be custom-shaped, NUH was able to retro-fit bespoke flat couch tops to its MR scanners and position patients with repeated precision to facilitate the fusion of the two types of scans.
Medibord is now working closely with MRI scanner-equipment manufacturers to produce specific equipment for them.
In the near future, the company aims to produce a new range of boards for CT scanners and is also looking to cultivate interest in the healthcare sector with new LED suspended ceiling-light technology.
The development of Medibord has been supported by Medilink East Midlands and the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet and UK Trade and Investment.