The TrueBeam radiation therapy system, built by California-based Varian Medical Systems, is engineered to deliver powerful cancer treatments while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion more quickly than other systems. This system allows for greater precision and faster imaging at lower radiation doses. TrueBeam can complete a treatment that once took 15 minutes in less than two minutes. This makes it possible to offer greater patient comfort by shortening treatments and to improve precision by leaving less time for tumor motion during dose delivery.
“This is a breakthrough that allows us to bring a wider spectrum of advanced radiotherapy treatment options to more patients,” says Ian Crocker, MD, professor and vice chairman of Emory’s Department of Radiation Oncology. “This technology opens the door to new possibilities for the treatment of challenging cases such as cancers in the lung, breast, abdomen, and head and neck as well as other cancers that are treatable with radiotherapy.”
The TrueBeam system rotates around a patient to deliver a prescribed radiation dose from nearly any angle. Real-time imaging tools allow clinicians to “see” the tumor they are about to treat and respiratory gating enables clinicians to synchronize beam delivery with patient breathing. Precision is measured in increments of less than a millimeter and accuracy checks are performed every ten milliseconds throughout the treatment.
The TrueBeam system will be available for patients beginning July 11, 2011. For more information, call Emory’s Department of Radiation Oncology at 404-778-3473.
About Emory’s Department of Radiation Oncology
Emory’s Department of Radiation Oncology in Atlanta, Georgia, has established itself as a leader in cancer care, bringing the latest treatment advances to patients and sharing best practices with practitioners worldwide. For more than a decade, the Department of Radiation Oncology has earned a reputation for being an early adopter of new technology to provide highly specialized treatment for patients.
Emory’s radiation oncologists are also members of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Georgia’s first and only NCI-designated cancer center. Patients receiving radiation oncology services at Emory are offered a large number of clinical trial options and also benefit from comprehensive care provided by many specialists within the Winship Cancer Institute.
The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service.