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Mitsubishi Electric to Install Proton Beam Therapy System at New Cancer Treatment Clinic in Osaka, Japan

Compact, single-room solution improves cost effectiveness and operational efficiency

TOKYO, October 9, 2013- Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it will provide its innovative proton beam therapy system for cancer treatment to the Hakuhokai Group healthcare organization led by Chairman Motohisa Kojo in Osaka, Japan. The system will be installed at the Hakuhokai Group Osaka Proton Therapy Clinic scheduled to open in April 2016.

The new system will feature a compact, single-room design that meets the growing global demand for more cost-effective proton therapy solutions. Mitsubishi Electric's decades of experience in particle therapy systems will contribute to the increased availability of innovative, efficient systems in hospitals worldwide.

Rendering of proton beam therapy system

Rendering of proton beam therapy system

Proton Beam Therapy System

Mitsubishi Electric's proton beam therapy system features the Universal Nozzle for operational efficiency and the high-dose-rate irradiation that can reduce the irradiation time. To obtain Japanese government approval of the new system in a timely manner, testing is now being performed at the Accelerator Test Facility in Mitsubishi Electric's Kobe factory. Mitsubishi Electric will provide staff training and commissioning support to facilitate the early startup of treatment.

To date, eight of the 11 facilities now conducting particle therapy in Japan are using systems delivered by Mitsubishi Electric. More than 16,000 patients have so far been treated at these facilities. The Hakuhokai Group order, which was preceded by a separate order two weeks earlier from Tsuyama Chuo Hospital in Okayama, Japan, will become the tenth installation of a Mitsubishi Electric particle therapy system.

Facility Prefecture Year Ion Species
National Institute of Radiological Sciences

(Main contractor: Mitsubishi Electric)

Chiba 1994 carbon
Hyogo Ion Beam Medical Center Hyogo 2001 proton/carbon
Shizuoka Cancer Center Shizuoka 2003 proton
Southern Tohoku Proton Therapy Center Fukushima 2008 proton
Gunma University Heavy Ion Medical Center Gunma 2010 carbon
Fukui Prefectural Hospital Proton Beam Cancer Treatment Center Fukui 2011 proton
Medipolis Medical Research Institute Kagoshima 2011 proton
Saga Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator in Tosu Saga 2013 carbon
Okayama University/Tsuyama Chuo Hospital Proton Beam Cancer Center Okayama 2016
Hakuhokai Group Osaka Proton Therapy Clinic Osaka 2016