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Medical Technology Company Elekta in problem with its equipment in Hong Kong
Wednesday, 04 January 2012
Medical Technology Company Elekta has been hit by problems in Hong Kong as the Health Care Authority there warned that the company's equipment may explode.

According to the Hong Kong Department of health’s Field Safety Notice, Medical device manufacturer, Elekta Limited, has issued a field safety notice on Precise Digital Accelerator, Synergy Platform, Synergy, Synergy S, Infinity, Axesse, linear accelerator systems.

The health department writes that a small number of reverse modulator diodes, a component in the equipment room of the linear accelerator, have ruptured. Customers have heard a loud explosion in the equipment room sometime after beam termination.

Patient and clinical operators are not reported to be at risk but  that service engineer or any personnel entering the equipment room could sustain serious injury. Elekta reported that no incidents involving personnel have occurred.

DnB Bank in a market commentary warns that Elekta has had problems with their equipment. But the warning that some equipment may explode is originally from Health Authority in Hong Kong who flagged the issue in December.

The equipment is manufactured according to DnB in the UK and used to the Elekta accelerators. How much impact the problems could have on Elekta is as yet unclear, writes DnB, who wonders if there is a quick fix. The Bank stays on the sideline and has recommended holding the company’s stock stock.

Elekta on its part has communicated with the users about the fitting of a reverse diode cover and advised that personnel who enter the equipment room should wear protective safety glasses before the cover is fitted.

No person is reported to have been have been harmed as a result of the problems but the Hong Kong health authority has warmed of caution as a result of the explosion
By Scancomark.se Team

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