Al Amal Hospital to Integrate GE Healthcare MR Radiation Oncology Options into Oncology Treatment Program
The Radiation Oncology Department at Al Amal Hospital, part of Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar, has become the first healthcare institution in the world to install GE Healthcare’s premium wide bore 1.5T Optima™ MR450w MRI system with Radiation Oncology Options to provide clinicians potential improvements for tumor targeting in brain, head/neck and pelvis therapy sites. The system – supplied by Mannai Corporation, Medical division, the GE Healthcare representative in Qatar, was integrated into the hospital’s oncology treatment program in early 2011.
To commemorate the event, a special ceremony was held at Al Amal Hospital on March 13 presided by the Corporation’s Managing Director, Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari.
Designed to pinpoint radiation therapy with the precision of magnetic resonance, GE Healthcare’s Optima MR450w with Radiation Oncology options was recently introduced at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology (ASTRO) 53rd Annual Meeting. The comprehensive options include MR compatible positioning devices and flat insert, coils that accommodate the positioning devices and protocols which have been optimized for high resolution, thin slice imaging. The system installed in Qatar is also configured with GE AdvantageSIM, and interfaced to the treatment planning system allowing for multi-modality image registration and virtual simulation.
The Radiation Oncology Department at Al Amal Hospital is the only centre of its kind in Qatar and is one of the most advanced in the region treating patients from across the Gulf region. The patient profile represents a complex mix of all types of tumors, including pediatric cases and a large proportion of breast cancer patients. The Department aims to become a recognized Centre of Excellence in image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) for the region within five years.