When you lead in a field, you are always ‘pushing the envelope’ and looking for better ways to do everything.
At Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the many areas where we are pushing and re-inventing is in the use of radiation to eradicate cancer. Up to sixteen linear accelerators (valued at approximately $3 million each) are online each day along with a variety of imaging equipment. All of this equipment must be working optimally to deliver radiation safely to over 400 patients a day, with the precision needed to be effective while minimizing toxic side effects.
Dr. Daniel Létourneau is associate head of physics at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and responsible for external beam equipment quality control at this large facility. With so many different pieces of radiation and imaging equipment to monitor and maintain, he knew there was a need for a single interface for the entry, management, analysis and archiving of all test data, and a platform that would centralize all of the quality control activities for radiation therapy.
AQUA™ will be available for sale in the USA and Canada on May 18, 2015. AQUA™ is a powerful quality management tool that integrates, collates and interprets machine QC processes across the entire radiation therapy department. It is the first and only vendor-neutral machine QC software that integrates Elekta linacs and third-party QC devices into one platform.
Acumyn has made it through its first year of business – a feat that could not have been reached without the dedicated work of our employees, funders, and strategic partners! It has been an exciting year, with plenty of promising developments on the product and business side of things, including:
- Signing of an important global distribution partnership with Elekta Ltd.
- Very successful pre-release demo at ASTRO 2015 in Austin, TX
- Attracted a number of pilot customers across North America
- Flawless pilot launch to our pilot customers in early 2015 that attracted significant attention
- Received FDA and Health Canada regulatory clearances
We are now working hard and looking ahead to a successful full release of the product at ESTRO 2015 in Barcelona, April 24th!
Thanks to everyone who contributed their time, skills, and resources to get Acumyn to where it is today. We hope to have many birthdays to come!