OSL installs first ProSoma in Africa

Posted on Jul 06, 2011


Oncology Systems Limited has completed the first installation of ProSoma virtual simulation software installation in Africa at Cancer Care Kenya, based at the M.P. Shah Hospital, Nairobi. The installation coincided with the first anniversary of the centre.

Equipped with linear accelerators offering MLC conformal therapy, CT planning and a 3D conformal planning suite, Cancer Care Kenya is the first Oncology Centre in East and Central Africa offering first class radiotherapy services for the treatment of cancer.

The installation of three ProSoma workstations and ProSoma training was undertaken by Charlie Trewin, OSL clinical specialist and Geoff Ascroft, technical support engineer.

Geoff said: “The prospect of installing the first ProSoma system in Africa was exiting and a real opportunity to provide an invaluable tool for cancer care in Kenya. Alison and her team are providing a high quality service to cancer patients and ProSoma will help to enhance their capabilities even further.

“For OSL and Cancer Care Kenya, on-going training and technical support is made easier through the option of remote internet access, although we are particularly looking forward to meeting up with the team when an on-site visit is required for upgrades!"

Alison Welton, Cancer Care Kenya’s head of radiotherapy said: “We would like to express our gratitude for Charlie and Geoff’s work with us when they visited, it was a real pleasure and so nice they could be part of our first anniversary celebrations. We are very proud of the relationship with OSL. Its support and advice has been invaluable and truly appreciated. It’s always a steep uphill learning curve starting any new department and we still have improvements we want to make. ProSoma will make a big difference to us.”

Charlie Trewin, OSL clinical specialist said: “The three ProSoma workstations now allow a higher throughput of patients for treatment. The ease of use allows contouring and beam placement to be done quicker and will relieve the bottleneck the team were experiencing. ProSoma will also be an invaluable teaching tool for a whole range of staff, with varying backgrounds and abilities within Cancer Care Kenya. Our visit to the centre was great and offered a valuable learning experience for me.”

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