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University of Dusseldorf orders new BSD-2000/3D/MR Cancer Treatment System

BSD Medical : 13 September, 2007  (New Product)
BSD Medical has received an order for a new BSD-2000/3D/MR system to be installed at the University of Dusseldorf.
The purchase was made possible by a multi-million Euro donation from the Parents’ Initiative Pediatric Cancer Clinic.

For more than 10 years the Dusseldorf paediatric oncology department has pioneered the application of hyperthermia therapy for treating children’s cancers using a standard BSD-2000 for the treatment of soft tissue sarcomas and germ cell tumours.

According to Rudiger Wessalowski, associate professor at the Clinic of Pediatric Oncology and head of the university’s hyperthermia programme. The objectives in using hyperthermia therapy to treat children are:
(1) improvement of local tumor control
(2) avoidance of mutilating surgery and
(3) improvement of survival.

Prof Wessalowski has noted that for certain children’s cancers, standard therapies are often not effective, and relapse therapy is often not effective or available. This is why young patients from all over Germany and from clinics abroad are transferred to the Dusseldorf centre.

The new BSD-2000/3D/MR system further enhances the treatment capacity of the clinic and integrates a BSD-2000/3D Deep Regional Hyperthermia System with a Siemens Magnetom Avanto Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit.

The system is a joint effort in cooperation with Siemens Medical Solutions.

The unit is special because of the combination of MRI with a device for administering thermal therapy to the tumour region. The new unit allows a precise imaging of the diseased, affected tissue as well as the neighboring healthy tissue - even in children with small tumours.
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