Díaz Ayuso presents in La Paz the first molecular precision radiotherapy system guided by magnetic resonance to treat tumors

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The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, today presented a high-precision radiotherapy system, unique in Spain, guided by magnetic resonance imaging (LINAC-MRI) for the treatment of tumors, a cutting-edge technology that has involved an investment of 9 million euros, financed thanks to a donation from the Amancio Ortega Foundation.

December 17 2021

"It is a true technological challenge, one of the most advanced in the world in this precision", explained the president during the visit to the Carlos III Hospital -a health center that is part of the La Paz hospital complex-, where the device is located, dependent on of the Radiotherapy and Radiophysics Oncology Services.

As he has detailed, it incorporates an MRI in a linear accelerator, "a system capable of improving the quality of the image to see the tumors, to adapt it in real time to the treatment of each one of the cases in a much less traumatic and faster way." ”. It is, he has assured, a "great advance" for the 60% of citizens who need radiotherapy to overcome their illness.

In this sense, the innovation that supposes having, for the first time in Spain, a functional image used as a biomarker to be able to carry out personalized radiotherapy for each patient and each tumor stands out. LINAC-MRI is a new paradigm of radiation treatment, since the possibility of guiding radiotherapy by resonance allows greater soft tissue contrast, which translates into greater precision when administering treatment, optimizing the dose over the volume of the tumor and reducing that received by the surrounding healthy organs.

Hospital La Paz

La Paz is the hospital in Spain with the most Centers, Services and Reference Units (CSUR) designated by the Ministry of Health, specifically 28, five of them in the field of oncology. The Radiotherapy Oncology Service treats 1.800 new patients each year.

This public hospital in Madrid also has two high-performance ELEKTA accelerators, a low- and high-rate brachytherapy unit, as well as tomotherapy equipment (since 2020) that has made it possible to optimize the irradiation of large fields in techniques such as total body irradiation , total nodal irradiation, neuraxis irradiation, etc. In addition, in 2019 they incorporated Infinity, another linear accelerator for radiotherapy treatment.

Likewise, La Paz will have one of the two proton therapy equipment that will be acquired thanks also to the donation of the Amancio Ortega Foundation for the Community of Madrid. The implementation of this equipment places Hospital La Paz and its Radiotherapy Oncology Service as a national benchmark in terms of care, currently being the center with the best technological equipment in the national territory.

The Radiation Oncology and Radiation Physics Services are made up of specialists in Radiation Oncology, Hospital Radiation Physics, superior Radiotherapy technicians and Nursing professionals. All of them have received specific training in handling the equipment.

An interactive model that recreates the new hospital

During the visit, Díaz Ayuso activated the interactive model that recreates what the future La Paz University Hospital will look like, once the planned comprehensive reform has been completed. The process of execution of works already starts with the adaptation of spaces of the building of the Health Research Institute (IdiPAZ).

The next step will take place at the beginning of 2022 with the start-up of the hiring of the displacement of the clean point and the construction of a new facilities building, which will incorporate high energy efficiency solutions.

La Paz, located in the vicinity of Madrid Nuevo Norte, will have an intelligent and sustainable infrastructure that will house spaces for innovation and research by its professionals. It will be the first hospital in Spain to have a post-pandemic design and will be able to complete its digital transformation process, which has already begun, focusing on solutions for telemedicine, the use of data or 3D management, among others.

The works also contemplate reforms in other centers of the hospital complex, including the execution of new buildings in the Carlos III and Cantoblanco hospitals, as well as a comprehensive renovation of the José Marvá specialty center.

Professionals will be able to verify the materialization of the Functional and Space Plans through a participatory plan review process together with the UTE Campo de Retamas, winner of the project drafting and works management contract, for 17.712.849,64 euros.