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CIVCO's Protura™ Robotic Technology Installed at 21st Century Oncology Scottsdale

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SOURCE CIVCO Medical Solutions

CORALVILLE, Iowa, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CIVCO Medical Solutions, the leading provider of comprehensive radiation oncology motion management solutions, is excited to announce a partnership with 21st Century Oncology to utilize CIVCO's 6 Degrees of Freedom Protura™ Robotic System. 21st Century will be using Protura in conjunction with CIVCO's newly-released Universal Couchtop™ Kevlar Extension and Varian Medical Systems' Calypso® System for the treatment of prostate cancer. When treating patients with external beam radiation therapy, Protura remotely repositions patients with robotic 6 degrees of freedom to ensure sub-millimeter positioning accuracy of the targeted tumor.  Protura provides more accurate positioning of the patient, minimizing the exposure of radiation to surrounding healthy tissue. 

"CIVCO Medical Solutions is honored to be partnering with 21st Century Oncology to improve patient care with state-of-the art technology," said Nat Geissel, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Radiation Oncology.   "In addition to improved treatment accuracy for patients, Protura's integration with existing linear accelerators enables cancer treatment centers to improve their treatment methods at an affordable price.  Both of our organizations are focused on providing the highest quality of care and the addition of Protura to 21st Century Oncology will only enhance that.  Cancer is affecting more Americans every day and this partnership will provide solutions for improved patient treatments."

Standardizing radiation treatments from the initial treatment simulation to the actual treatment of the tumor will allow a more efficient process for the 21st Century Oncology and more accurate treatment of the disease.  

"Modern radiation therapy techniques require high precision and accuracy, therefore correct patient positioning is becoming one of the most important issues in radiation oncology," said Steven Finkelstein, M.D., Board Certified Radiation Oncologist and National Director of 21st Century Oncology's research arm, Translational Research Consortium (TRC).  "The addition of Protura will provide additional treatment verification and allow for more customized treatment plans tailored to patient needs."

Protura will be installed and integrated with an existing Varian® Medical Systems' Trilogy® linear accelerator at 21st Century Oncology's Scottsdale location.  This is the first Protura installation in the state of Arizona.

CIVCO Medical Solutions has over 30 years of experience and offers cutting-edge medical technology to a diverse group of medical professionals.  CIVCO's Radiation Oncology (RO) division designs, manufactures and markets comprehensive motion management solutions to improve patient outcomes and increase clinical productivity for head & neck, breast, lung, abdomen, prostate and other treatment sites. RO's products include couchtops and overlays for linear accelerators and imaging systems, advanced patient immobilization solutions, robotic patient positioning, advanced fiducial markers, and immobilization/positioning equipment and consumables. The Multi-Modality Imaging (MMI) unit designs and manufactures accessories for use in diagnostic and therapeutic imaging and interventional procedures, with a strong focus on ultrasound. MMI's products range from infection control products including a wide range of ultrasound and CT covers to device guidance, positioning and electromagnetic needle tracking.  CIVCO offers patients and clinicians the newest and best technology available to improve patient care.

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About 21st Century Oncology:

21st Century Oncology is the largest global, physician led provider of Integrated Cancer Care services. The company offers a comprehensive range of cancer treatment services, focused on delivering academic quality, cost-effective patient care in personal and convenient settings. The company operates 185 treatment centers, including 150 centers located in 16 states. The company also operates 35 centers located in six countries in Latin America. The company holds market-leading positions in most of its domestic local markets and abroad.

For more information about 21st Century Oncology services, visit

For further information please contact:

Shelli Locklear                   
Marketing Manager
CIVCO Medical Solutions
Tel: 319-248-6619


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