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NEMA Publishes NEMA RT 1-2014 Gating Interface

04/23/2014 11:00AM

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), on behalf of its medical division, the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), published NEMA RT 1-2014 Gating Interface. This standard is to enhance the safety and effectiveness of radiation therapy (RT) treatments.

According to MITA Executive Director Gail Rodriguez, this first-of-its-kind standard reflects the commitment of RT manufacturers to continue improving patient safety.

“RT 1 will improve targeting accuracy and reduce normal tissue irradiation so patients can reap the benefits of this treatment without risk of damaging adjacent healthy tissue,” she said.

RT 1 provides key technical information to developers for synchronizing equipment with the patient’s breathing and other movements during cancer treatment. Movement outside of the standard’s predetermined window will trigger an appropriate signal. This motion monitoring information can be used to improve targeting accuracy through treatment delivery interventions in the event that the target moves from the planned position. The standard defines specific technical “fail safe” provisions to improve interoperability among devices from various manufacturers.

NEMA RT 1-2014 may be downloaded at no cost or purchased in hard copy for $32 by visiting the NEMA website.

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Nearly 400 members strong, its companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical  imaging and radiation therapy systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceed $100 billion annually.

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