UK’s first two TomoHDs installed

Posted on Sep 09, 2011

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) has taken delivery of the UK’s first two TomoTherapy TomoHDs. The first installation took place in August in a renovated bunker previously considered too small for modern day treatment machines. The smooth installation ensured the second machine was in situ as planned, just three weekends later.

A substantial part of the funding came from a capital appeal organised by the hospital’s charity. Mike Hammond, the charity’s chief executive said: “We are thrilled that the QE Cancer Appeal, which was launched to the public in July, has reached its first target to raise £2 million to purchase a TomoTherapy Tomo HD machine for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“The hospital already has a fantastic reputation for the range of treatments it offers cancer patients, but the TomoHDs will position it as one of the leading radiotherapy treatment centres in Europe.”

The University Clinic Heidelberg, one of the top radiation oncology institutes in the world, started treating patients on its first TomoTherapy TomoHD in February 2011. Dr. Florian Sterzing, radiation oncologist at the clinic said: “The TomoHD offers us three key benefits. It’s very precise so patient outcomes are very positive; set-up and treatment times are excellent, which means our daily patient throughput figures are exceeding our expectations; it’s also very reliable with very little downtime, so the number of patients we can treat is consistently high.”

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