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CMS and Toshiba partner to provide CT virtual simulation solution

CMS : 25 June, 2007  (New Product)
CMS has partnered Toshiba America Medical Systems to provide a comprehensive diagnostic imaging and virtual simulation solution to St Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) in Boise, Idaho.
The installation of CMS FocalSim and Toshiba's Aquilion LB Computed tomography (CT) scanner represents the first joint installation to result from an earlier announced partnership between CMS and Toshiba.

St Luke's MSTI will add CMS's FocalSim CT simulation workstation - a flexible PC-based application that includes multi-modality image fusion, patient contouring, CT simulation and plan review modules - along with CMS Direct Access, a distributed workflow management tool that supports robust remote access to CMS planning applications from any location inside or outside the clinic.

In addition, the facility will have Toshiba's Aquilion LB Computed tomography (CT) scanner, designed to deliver superior patient positioning with superior image quality and clinical performance.

St Luke's MSTI is one of the American Northwest's most respected cancer care centres with true dedication to the study, prevention and treatment of cancer.
'Great strides have been made in treating and curing cancer, and St Luke's MSTI is expanding as rapidly as today's cancer treatment options', said Eric A Smith, radiation oncology manager of St Luke's MSTI.

'New innovations by CMS and Toshiba are providing more effective and easier methods of radiation planning for our staff, which leads to successful outcomes for our patients'.

'Our partnership with Toshiba creates greater efficiencies and clinical benefits for St Luke's and their patients', said Andy Cowen, president and chief executive officer of CMS.

'St Luke's is the first cancer treatment centre to adopt FocalSim along with Toshiba's 'state of the art' CT scanner'.

'With the pending launch of Monaco, our next generation specialised IMRT planning solution, as well as the upcoming release of our new Focal 4D tools, we look forward to providing innovative planning capabilities and flexible, vendor independent solutions that enhance our customers' workflow and improve patient care'.

The Focal product line from CMS is an integrated suite of innovative software tools that addresses key elements of Radiotherapy clinical workflow.

Focal is a Windows based distributed planning platform that includes advanced contouring, simulation, image fusion and plan review capabilities, and combines an intuitive user interface with powerful but easy to use automation tools to increase overall planning efficiency and streamline clinical workflow.

Focal is fully DICOM compliant and interconnects seamlessly with CMS's XiO and Monaco planning solutions along with other third-party planning systems.

With CMS Direct Access, users can access CMS planning tools securely from any networked PC via a high speed Internet connection, increasing resource flexibility and productivity.

CMS Direct Access also supports remote and distributed planning models, facilitating the sharing of resources and expertise inside the hospital and across regional networks.
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