The treatment of photopheresis (also known as extracorporeal photopheresis or ECP) is a therapy where the patient’s white blood cells (buffy coat) are collected by an apheresis system, treated with a photosensitizer / photoactivator and subsequently being irradiated with UVA light in the therapy system.
White blood cells
The procedure itself has been developed by Dr. Richard Edelson in 1987 and was introduced to the medical experts in the New England Journal of Medicine¹. The first medical equipment for photopheresis was commerically introduced by Therakos Inc.
Med Tech Solutions GmbH developed an own 2-Step-System for ECP in 2004.
Nowadays photopheresis is frequently used to treat different auto immune diseases, mainly GvHD, CTLC and SOT.
More information can be found on our homepage in the category “The Treatment”.
¹Edelson, R., Berger, C., Gasparro, F., et al. (1987): “Treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma by extracorporeal photochemotherapy. Preliminary results.” New England Journal of Medicine Feb. 5th 1987; 316(6); 297-303.
New generation of UVA PIT System
In 2015 Med Tech Solutions developed a new generation of the UVA PIT System.
The device is now equipped with new improvements regarding safety protection in order to ensure the high standard of security for the patients and operators.
The main new feature is a pressure sensor for KIT protection which avoids the overpressure of the fluid within the lines of the UVA PIT System.
Of course the system still contains the established features and specifications as before: A colour LCD touch screen, hematocrit and volume input, automatic energy calculation, smooth start & easy loading pump, air cooling, RS 232 port, pole for saline and blood bags, power supply 110 – 230 V.
All systems carry the CE-mark for medical devices.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the new and revised UVA PIT System homepage.
Here you may find all relevant and important information about the UVA PIT System, the treatment Photo Immune Therapy (Photopheresis / ECP) and our service.