If you have been diagnosed with cancer of the breast, brain, stomach, pancreas, or lung, TrueBeam radiotherapy at South Florida Radiation Oncology may present a unique treatment option. The system uses a combination of features to deliver highly accurate doses of therapeutic radiation, maximizing its effectiveness as well as the comfort of patients. A variety of advanced technologies work together in the TrueBeam to provide:
Since every tumor is unique in its shape and positioning, it is vital to customize the dose and area of the radiation treatment. By using a variable aperture, TrueBeam can alter the intensity of the radiation. This, combined with its ability to rotate around patients, allows it to provide the optimal radiation doses at the precise locations necessary to attack the tumor while protecting healthy tissue.
TrueBeam uses both kilovoltage and megavoltage imaging in order to allow clinicians to view organs, bone, and other tissues as they move. Such precision mapping means that the tumor can be targeted with the proper dose of radiation at the sub-millimeter level, enhancing the effectiveness of the treatment. The TrueBeam technology also enables physicians to obtain cone-beam CT scans for faster and lower-dose diagnostic imaging.
In order to maximize the precision of the radiation dose, the TrueBeam system features respiratory gating, which uses video imaging to detect the motions of a patient’s breathing. The radiation is only emitted when the tumor moves within the target site. As a result, patients can breathe freely during treatment, even when the target area involves the neck, chest, or abdomen.
To find out more about TrueBeam technology, or to schedule an appointment with one of our radiation oncologists, call South Florida Radiation Oncology at (888) 823-9162. Visit our blog or check out our Facebook page to learn the latest in cancer care and prevention.