Brazil’s Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital has become the first facility in South America to offer image guided radiation therapy to patients. The new system enables doctors to locate tumors within the body with greater accuracy and treat a wider variety of indications.
Physicians at the São Paulo Albert Einstein now have access to this advanced tumor treatment technology, providing new hope to patients whose conditions have previously been considered inoperable. The Albert Einstein hospital is considered one of the leaders in innovative healthcare in Latin America.
According to the hospital, the new system’s compatibility with other treatment technology allows physicians to integrate it with existing hospital equipment, like linear accelerators and treatment planning systems.
"We are proud to be the first hospital in South America to offer this modality of high precision radiation therapy to our patients. With the implementation of the BrainLAB ExacTrac X-Ray 6D, we’re able to offer advanced treatment technology to our patients," said Dr. Eduardo Weltman, Radiation Oncologist at the hospital.
Traditionally, small shifts in patient positioning or radiation beam alignment during treatment can result in damage to normal tissues surrounding the tumor. The new technology uses high-resolution X-rays to pinpoint tumors seconds before treatment and automatically corrects any patient set-up errors as well as tracks patient movement throughout the procedure.
"The team at Albert Einstein is an excellent partner for BrainLAB to introduce IGRT technology to the South American market," said Ralf Schira, Marketing Manager Oncology Solutions, BrainLAB. "The precision made possible with this technology will allow physicians to treat tumors more aggressively while reducing radiation exposure to healthy tissues resulting in improved patient outcomes."
The Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital (AEIH) is one of the most advanced private healthcare institutions in Latin America. With nearly 5000 employees, physicians and partners, it was the first hospital outside of the United States to be certified by the Joint Commission International, the world’s main health service certification entity.
The Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital cancer center, established in 1993, provides the most complete treatments available, with state-of-the-art technological resources, customized patient care and the same high quality standards and services as in the United States and Europe. The center’s facilities are about 4.000 square meters and include advanced radiotherapy equipments, modern treatment units, and constant training and professional updating.
BrainLAB develops, manufactures and markets software-driven medical technology that enables procedures that are more precise and less invasive than traditional treatments.
With more than 2,500 systems installed in over 65 countries, BrainLAB is a market leader in image-guided technology. The privately held BrainLAB group, founded in 1989, is headquartered in Munich, Germany and employs around 900 people in 15 offices across Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America.