Composites take on cancer

12 Feb 2019

Engineering capacity news posted by Andy Sandford

Radiotherapy expert Elektra has chosen TRB lightweight structures as a top supplier for a revolutionary new cancer treatment system.

Elektra’s latest innovation, the Elektra Unity, combines real time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a radiotherapy beam produced using a linear accelerator (LINAC).

Elektra says that this combination of technologies enables you to see and track the target, including changes in tumour position, shape and biology, and provides the real-time information needed to respond immediately—all while the patient is on the table.

TRB Lightweight Structures will manufacture a lightweight flooring solution which will be used in the rooms, or bunkers, that accommodate Elekta’s Unity MR-linac. The specialty flooring can withstand excessive weight distribution and is hinged to allow access to different parts of the machine.

A leader in precision radiation medicine, Elekta is committed to ensuring everyone in the world with cancer has access to – and benefits from – more precise, personalized radiotherapy treatments. Elekta’s latest innovation, Elekta Unity, is the world’s first high-field MR-linac and has the potential to transform how clinicians treat cancer.

Andrew Snow, Technical Sales Manager (Industrial) of TRB Lightweight Structures, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with such an innovative and forward-thinking company and are proud that Elekta identified our lightweight composite products as a real asset to the manufacturing of its products. We have previously worked with the company as a supplier for their Gamma Knife® radiosurgery system, and to now be selected as a supplier for their Unity MR-linac is excellent. TRB recently attended a supplier day at Elekta’s new UK headquarters in Crawley; it is a most impressive and futuristic building, and the company is clearly investing heavily in its future. We are very proud to be supporting Elekta on this journey.”