November 10, 2009
CarolinaEast Health System announced that it is adding the Varian Medical Systems Clinac IX with an on-board imaging system to its life saving radiation therapy cancer treatment technologies. The On-Board Imager makes it possible for doctors to offer patients image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), an extremely precise form of treatment that utilizes multiple imaging and motion management techniques for ultra-accurate tumor targeting.
“This state-of-the-art technology will enable us to treat patients with the most advanced radiotherapy techniques, using the most clinically efficient processes available,” said Rick Fisher, CarolinaEast’s Director of Imaging. “It provides us with tremendous versatility and precision for customizing treatments according to the specifics of each patient’s case.
Tumor Tracking and Patient - Positioning Varian’s robotic On-Board Imager, which is capable of real-time tumor tracking and automated patient positioning, enables clinicians to concentrate radiation doses on the tumor while protecting surrounding healthy tissue. This means that high doses of radiation can be delivered quickly and with enhanced precision which translates into fast treatments, greater patient comfort, and the potential for better outcomes.
“Radiation therapy is used today in more than half of all cancer treatments due to its unique clinical advantages,” explained Fisher. “Using this latest technology, we have the potential to substantially improve treatment outcomes by doing a better job of protecting healthy tissue while delivering more powerful doses to cancerous tumors.”
CarolinaEast began treating patients with the new technology the first of October.