PATIENT INFORMATION

The raypilot system

Enabling a safer and more effective prostate cancer treatment

Raypilot is a system for real-time tumour tracking during radiation treatment of prostate cancer. The system lets physicians track any movement of the prostate during the radiation session. If the system detects prostate movements, the physician gets notified immediately and can adjust the position of the patient. This leads to a precise and efficient treatment and minimizes the risk of damaging surrounding healthy tissue. It also enables higher dosage per treatment and a greatly reduced number of treatment sessions.

PATIENT STORIES


I have not had any side effects. In fact, my
way of life hasn’t changed at all (compared to
before the treatment). I still play tennis three
times a week. I sleep well at night. I have no
noteworthy issues to mention during the day.
I’m fine.


Mr Cattaneo Giorgio, treated at San Gerardo Hospital in Monza, Italy

Patient benefits of the Raypilot System

Unpredictable prostate motion complicates radiation treatment of prostate cancer. The Raypilot system tracks prostate motion in real time during the treatment session.

ENABLES FEWER TREATMENT SESSIONS,
IN A SAFE MANNER

HELPS PHYSICIANS TO FOCUS THE
RADIATION TO THE ORGAN

ENABLES REDUCED RISK OF DAMAGE TO SURROUNDING TISSUE

The Treatment Process


Before

Before the treatment can begin, the physicist needs to create a plan for the treatment. The plan is based on CT-images (computed tomography scan) of the prostate and its surrounding environment. The physicist needs to see the exact position of the prostate in relation to other organs and risk organs to design the plan.

When taking the images, the Raypilot Viewcath catheter is inserted to simulate the conditions of the upcoming treatment. As soon as the CT-images are ready, the Raypilot Viewcath catheter is removed.

During

When the first treatment is about to start the Raypilot Hypocath catheter is inserted. It is removed after the last session is completed, usually within five or less days.

Before each session the bladder is emptied, then filled with a predefined amount of liquid. This is done to recreate and control the bladder filling for a reproducible patient setup.

The patient is then placed on the linac couch. A CT- image is generated to match the current tumour position with the plan. The real time monitoring of the prostate is initiated during setup and is active throughout the session. The user is alerted if the prostate moves outside of the defined tolerances and can stop the beam and reposition the patient.

After

After the last treatment session is completed, the patient is ready for individual follow-up with his physician.

Medical Professionals


“The reported significantly increased toxicity for SBRT vs standard IMRT was mostly urethra related. Having the possibility to identify the urethra using the Raypilot Hypocath gives us the opportunity to reduce the urethral dose without underdosing the tumour, thus delivering a safer treatment.”

Medical Physicist Denis Panizza, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Italy

“Raypilot Hypocath enables us to keep track of prostate motion during SBRT treatments where the precise dose to the target and strict tolerance to the surrounding organs is paramount.”

Professor Stefano Arcangeli, Head of Radiation Oncology, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Italy

”Raypilot is a game changer for our clinic. Being able to track tumour movements in real time reduces the margins and removes the uncertainty we previously felt about hypofractionation. It helps us treat more patients through hypofractionation. The results so far have been very promising.”

Professor Duncan McLaren, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Western General Hospital, Scotland

”Very user-friendly system. Very easy to understand and supports us a lot in the standard workflow. This system has the potential to become a valuable asset when using SBRT protocols for treating prostate cancer.”

Professor Felix Sedlmayer, Department of Radiotherapy and Radio-Oncology, LKH Salzburg, Austria and Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria

CLINICS THAT USE THE RAYPILOT SYSTEM

  • Edinburgh Cancer Center, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • SALK University Hospital, Salzburg, Austria
  • San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Italy
  • RHNe, La Chaux Des-Fonds, Switzerland
  • Xcare klinik, Saarlouise, Germany
  • La Paz University Hospital, Spain
  • University Hospital Fundación Jimenez Diaz, Spain
  • University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca, Spain
  • Minsk City Clinical Oncology Dispanser, Belarus
  • HUS, Helsinki University Hospital, Finland
  • Ulm University Hospital, Germany
  • Hospital San Giuseppe Moscati, Italy
  • Micropos Medical AB, HQ, Sweden

120+

Patients helped

10+

Countries served

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The Raypilot System Flyer

Information about the Raypilot System.

The Raypilot System Brochure

A panflet with easy to read information about the Raypilot System.