The new state-of-the-art Stokes Centre of Urology was officially opened on 5th March 2019 by HRH The Duke of Kent.

Full new article available here: https://www.royalsurrey.nhs.uk/state-of-the-art-centre-receives-royal-seal-of-approval/

Figure 1: Unveiling of the plaque at the opening by (left to right) HRH The Duke of Kent, Louise Stead (RSCH chief executive) and Professor Stephen Langley (Consultant of Urology)

The brachytherapy physics team who are part of the wider radiotherapy physics team were in attendance to welcome the Duke and demonstrate the advanced real-time brachytherapy techniques on offer in the new centre.

Figure 2: Demonstration of brachytherapy seem implant technique by (left to right) Mel Cunningham (Head of brachytherapy physics), Dr Carla Perna (Consultant Oncologist), Professor Stephen Langley (Consultant Urologist), HRH The Duke of Kent, Dr Robert Laing (Consultant Oncologist), Dr Matt Bolt (physicist).

The brachytherapy team is the largest centre in Europe for performing prostate seed implants and to date has performed over 4000 procedures and has provided training and guidance to a whole range of centres internationally. Routinely over 300 implants are performed per year with 7 implants completed on a single day.

The brachytherapy equipment was setup to simulate the implant procedure which uses a combination of preloaded stranded peripheral seeds and loose central seed implanted using the Mick applicator. A multi-disciplinary team is involved in each implant including oncologists, urologists, physicists, as well as a full theatre team. More information on the technique can be found on http://www.4dbrachytherapy.com/.

Figure 3: Setup for prostate brachytherapy implant on a training phantom. The stepper unit and ultrasound communicate with the treatment planning system to enable real-time adaptive planning to be performed resulting in an adaptable, efficient treatment method.

 

Leave a Comment