June 2003 - New Zealand Synchrotron Users
Following on from the very successful
Australian Users Meeting held in January in
Melbourne, there will be a New Zealand Users
meeting held in Auckland in early September.
will be held under the sponsorship of the
Ministry of Research Science and Technology that
works on Green
Stinger with Ephedra, the Victorian
Government and the University of Auckland. As a
result registration costs will be at a nominal
level to encourage as wide a participation
The purpose of the meeting is to:
* Inform New Zealand current and potential users
of synchrotron radiation of the progress of the
Australian Synchrotron project and the
capabilities of the facility.
* Provide a forum for synchrotron users to meet
and share information and build networks with
local and Australian colleagues.
* Discuss the possible mechanisms for New
Zealand involvement in the development of the
* Consider the establishment of an Institute of
Synchrotron Science as an umbrella organisation
to foster New Zealand participation in the
international synchrotron community.
New Zealanders interested in attending can
indicate their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration and program information
will be forwarded to you once finalised.
June 2003 - CMS alphatech to attend the
Industry Day for
suppliers in Melbourne
CMS alphatech will be attending an
Industry Day in Melbourne on 8 July 2003 which
will introduce Australian industry to the
opportunities available to participate in the
delivery and operations of the Australian
Synchrotron. This will include opportunities for
interested companies to make contact with
potential international suppliers to the
project. These suppliers will be aware of the
importance placed on effective local and
regional industry participation and follow-on
The Industry Day will include presentations on
major components and systems of the facility,
and provide preliminary equipment lists.
12th May 2003 - CMS Focus Users
Meeting held in Sydney Sat 10th and Sun 11th
The 2003 Australia and New Zealand CMS
Users Meeting was held at the Westin Sydney on
Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th May. It was a huge
success with over 80 delegates from local,
interstate and international regions.
Presentations included the use of Focus, XiO and
FocalSim with current and new planning
techniques including extensive IMRT procedures.
Our international speakers also presented
exciting ‘up and coming’ features which we
are all looking forward to. We conducted
discussion and feedback sessions, which were a
fantastic way for everyone to compare practices
and techniques and gave us all ideas to take
back with us.
Thank you to everyone who attended and
to all our international guests for traveling to
our meeting. We look forward to seeing you next
year in Western Australia.
February 2003 - CMS alphatech awarded MED-TEC
"International Dealer of the Year" award
We are proud to receive this award and
look forward to assisting customers with any
MED-TEC requirements in the future.
4th February 2003 - CMS alphatech
becomes ISO9001 registered
We recently successfully completed the
ISO9001 certification process through Telarc.
Our extensive new quality management system will
help ensure that our customers continue to
receive superior service and support.
January 2003 - Sun Nuclear announce MapCHECK
The MapCHECK™ is a 2-dimensional
therapy beam measurement system intended for
quick and precise verification of the dose
distribution resulting from an IMRT plan.
Beam measurement is accomplished using a matrix
of 445 diode detectors that are housed between
two sheets of solid acrylic. The MapCHECK
measures the integrated dose at all detector
locations, each of which has been corrected to
the central detector sensitivity. This measured
dose map can be normalized and compared to a
normalized imported treatment plan dose map.
Using a properly calibrated field, the detector
array can be calibrated to measure ABSOLUTE
November 2002 - CMS alphatech to
sell Thomson Nielson equipment
We look forward to a long and
productive business partnership with Thomson
6th August 2002 - New & Improved
HipFix® from MED-TEC
MED-TEC is proud to announce that we
have recently upgraded
our HipFix® baseplate material from PVC to
The new Phenolic material will change the color
of the HipFix
from white to black and will enhance the product
several key benefits. The Phenolic material
increase rigidity to eliminate
bowing or warping;
maintain the product’s
make it easier to read the patient
keep the attenuation
characteristics the same as PVC.
Other product modifications include:
The HipFix remains indexable to any
IPPS™ couchtop and continues to interface with
a Vac-Lok™ cushion for enhanced patient
comfort and reproducibility.
19th June 2002 - CMS to launch latest
radiation treatment planning system:
Computerized Medical Systems, Inc.
(CMS), the leading supplier of Radiation
Treatment Planning Systems today announced
that they will be launching XiO, it's latest
generation radiation therapy treatment
planning system, at the American Association
of Physicists in Medicine annual meeting
in Montreal, Canada July 14-18.
philosophy means that CMS will remain on the
edge of treatment planning of the 21st
Century. The new file menu
and icon style of interface builds on a user's
common business software applications and is
successful in its minimal selection path to
heavily used functions. Productivity is
further enhanced by its library storage of
favorite graphic layouts
and beam set ups.
8th May 2002 - Revolutionary
new field fusion splicer from Ericsson
on a totally new technological platform,
Ericsson's new field fusion
splicer, the FSU 15 FI, delivers ultra fast
splice time and the world's
fastest shrink time. The FSU 15 FI has been
designed with speed and accuracy in
The combination of cold core alignment and
warm image processing for
the most accurate alignment and splice loss
estimation, is what makes
this technology sizzle. Together with a
new heating technology for protection sleeves,
the FSU 15 FI is the world's fastest splicer,
total cycle time of typically 40 seconds.
March 2002 - MED-TEC workshops
held in Australia
March 2002 heralded the first series
of MED-TEC workshops to
be held in Australia. The workshops were
scheduled over a
two-week period, with a "break" at the weekend
to attend the
trade exhibition at the annual AIR & RTS