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Class 2 Device Recall ARTISTE Linear Accelerator

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  Class 2 Device Recall ARTISTE Linear Accelerator see related information
Date Initiated by Firm October 23, 2013
Date Posting Updated December 03, 2013
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on January 22, 2014
Recall Number Z-0438-2014
Recall Event ID 66724
510(K)Number K072485  
Product Classification Accelerator, linear, medical - Product Code IYE
Product SIEMENS brand ARTISTE Linear Accelerator Linac systems with component: any photon unflat beam option (Multiple X feature) in combination with the IMRT or mARC option. A family of linear accelerator systems is to deliver X-ray photon and electron radiation for the therapeutic treatment of cancer. The ARTISTE/ONCOR systems are manufactured by: SIEMENS AG, MEDICAL SOLUTIONS, GERMANY and distributed SIEMENS Healthcare IM CR RO, CR Radiation Oncology, Martinez, CA
Code Information Serial Numbers:

5364,, 5419,, 5640,, 5737,, 5823,, 5830,, 5166,, 5342,, 5416,, 5444,, 5479,, 5485,, 5628,, 5745,, 5746,, 5762,, 5763,, 5764,, 5772,, 5781,, 5783,, 5797,, 5815,, 5819,, 5820,, 5822,, 5829,, 5837,, 5839,, 5888,, 5896,, 5911,, 5937

Recalling Firm/
Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc
757 Arnold Dr Ste A
Martinez CA 94553-3615
For Additional Information Contact Ken Duplantis
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
A safety risk regarding a potentially existing dark current radiation phenomenon on the Linear Accelerator (LINAC) in combination with IMRT or mARC (rotational IMRT) treatments using unflat (flattening filter free) beams. In case there are many long periods of field shape changes in a treatment plan, the dose due to dark current radiation may sum up to a significant value.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Device Design
Action Siemens sent an Urgent Medical Device Correction letter dated October 23, 2013 including the release of update instruction TH024/13/S to all affected customers. The letter identified the product, the problem, and the action to be taken by the customer.
Quantity in Commerce 26 units
Distribution Worldwide Distribution: USA (nationwide) including states of: FL, NC, NY, PA, TN, UT, and WI; and countries of: Angola, Brazil, Canada, P.R. China, Germany, India, Japan, Republic Korea, Poland, and Thailand.
Total Product Life Cycle TPLC Device Report

1 A record in this database is created when a firm initiates a correction or removal action. The record is updated if the FDA identifies a violation and classifies the action as a recall, and it is updated for a final time when the recall is terminated. Learn more about medical device recalls.
2 Per FDA policy, recall cause determinations are subject to modification up to the point of termination of the recall.
3 For details about termination of a recall see Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21 §7.55.
510(K) Database 510(K)s with Product Code = IYE and Original Applicant = SIEMENS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS USA, INC.