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The Elekta Agility

What is Agility?

Agility is the next-generation, high-resolution beam shaping solution from Elekta, a company with a long history of pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders.

How does Agility work?

First, your Radiation Oncologist prescribes a treatment course to best meet your specific needs. He or she then works closely with your physicist and dosimetrist to plan the optimal radiation beams and the number of doses required for maximum treatment effectiveness without compromising your safety.

External beam radiation therapy is delivered by a machine called a linear accelerator ("linac"). As they exit the machine, high energy x-rays are shaped to conform to the targeted tumor. This shaping is achieved by a multi-leaf collimator (MLC) incorporated into the head of the machine.

The MLC controls the shape of the beam through the movement of many tungsten leaves to block various portions of the beam. Agility allows sophisticated customization of the beam that is directed to the target tumor.

How does Agility benefit patients?

The more the shape of the beam conforms to the size, shape and volume of the tumor, the more accurately it targets the tumor with minimal damage to surrounding tissues. The enhanced targeting capabilities support advanced radiation treatment techniques, such as stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT), and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT).

Agility's sophisticated beam shaping capabilities enable higher dosage with reduced risk of side effects, for optimal treatment customization to support improved results. And, Agility enables faster treatment delivery, to help keep your time in treatment at a minimum.

 

 
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Agility™ Fast Facts

  • Agility is the next-generation, high-resolution external beam shaping solution from Elekta, a company with a long history of pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders


  • Agility is a multi-leaf collimator (MLC), which employs multiple moving tungsten leaves to block portions of the radiation beam to shape it as it exits the head of the linear accelerator


  • Agility allows sophisticated customization of the radiation beam that is directed to the patient's tumor, to conform to the shape of the tumor


  • Agility enables higher treatment dose rates and results in highly accurate and reliable beam shaping with tighter margins


  • The more the shape of the beam conforms to the shape of the tumor, the more accurately it targets the tumor


  • The more accurate the treatment, the less potential for damage to surrounding tissues and the lower the risk of side effects


  • Elekta has fit a greater number of leaves and motors, with increased speed and reduced radiation transmission, into the same volume as their previous MLC to maintain its market leading patient clearance


  • Agility employs 160 interdigitating leaves with 5mm width at isocenter


  • Agility's integrated digital control of leaves and dynamic leaf guides combine with a unique Rubicon optical leaf positioning system, to offer high resolution beam shaping and seamless field delivery coupled with rapid leaf-speeds


  • Agility affords the industry's lowest leaf transmission of <0.5% for exceedingly low integral dose


  • Agility is built on a strong understanding of the factors that are critical to patient plan optimization and treatment delivery


  • Agility is designed to manage the broadest spectrum of therapies, including advanced treatments such as stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT), and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), with optimal dose distribution


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