The latest deal was based on a sales and marketing agreement that was signed in 2010.

Elekta Japan president and managing director Shuichi Higaki said the existing partnership between Elekta and TMSC from 2010 has helped raise the firm’s profile in the Japanese market.

"This new agreement creates significant opportunities for Elekta to further increase our customer satisfaction and become the leading supplier of oncology systems and related software solutions in Japan," Higaki added.

TMSC noted that it has an installed base of about 200 aging Siemens linear accelerators, since Siemens’s departure from the linac market in 2011.

The deal is expected to create additional sales channels for Elekta’s linacs and software products and will also provide an opportunity to convert existing Siemens LANTIS Oncology Information Systems, which were sold through TMSC.

In addition, the agreement includes plans to construct Elekta Support Center, which is a centralized customer support center. The center will serve as a single point of contact for all Elekta linac users in Japan.

Elekta manufactures treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care.

Image: Digital Linear Accelerator. Photo: courtesy of Elekta Inc.