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TrueBeam Linear Accelerator System

TrueBeam Linear Accelerator System

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Cancer Patients Receive Faster, Precise Radiotherapy at Good Samaritan Hospital

New TrueBeam™ Linear Accelerator treats cancer faster, deals effectively with tumor motion and improves the patient experience.

Good Samaritan Hospital treats cancer patients using the new TrueBeam Linear Accelerator system, an innovative medical technology that enables a radically different approach to treating cancer with image-guided radiotherapy. Shawn Zimberg, M.D., Medical Director, John Rescigno, M.D., Associate Medical Director, and Raman Kaul, M.D., treating patients using the hospital’s new system for cancers ranging from breast, prostate, head and neck, gastrointestinal, brain, lung and GYN. 

Cancer treatments are changing. The TrueBeam™ Linear Accelerator system is the latest advance in radiotherapy technology. Developed from the ground up to deliver powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy and precision, TrueBeam 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.

Treatments can be performed with unparalleled ease, precision and speed. In fact, most treatments take just a few minutes a day. As well as allowing for a more comfortable experience for patients with less time on the treatment couch, faster delivery also allows for reduced chances of patient motion during treatment. 

TrueBeam was designed with many features that can improve the overall patient experience. With shorter treatment times and quieter operation, TrueBeam provides for a more comfortable environment for patients. Enhanced communication technology enables a constant interaction between the patient and the therapist who operates the equipment. Three closed-circuit television systems enable the therapist to monitor the patient at all times. Music can be played during treatment, helping to increase patient comfort.

TrueBeam is a game-changing leap in innovation in radiotherapy technology.

Mary Leahy, M.D., CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System, with Michael Israel, President and CEO of Westchester Medical Center Health Network 


The new TrueBeam™ Linear Accelerator system is an advanced radiotherapy technology for treating cancer. Opening up treatment options for people with cancer, it targets tumors with accuracy measured in millimeters. With its power and flexibility, clinicians can develop treatments that are best suited for patients’ individual circumstances.

How Does It Work?

TrueBeam combines imaging, beam delivery and sophisticated motion management to accurately and precisely target tumors with speed.

Quick Facts:

  • TrueBeam rotates around the patient to deliver a prescribed radiation dose from nearly any angle.
  • An accessory called a multileaf collimator (or MLC) is what shapes the beam. It has 120 computer-controlled “leaves” or “fingers” that create apertures of different shapes and sizes. The leaves sculpt the beam to match the 3-D shape of the tumor. These can move and change during treatment to target the tumor and minimize dose to the surrounding healthy tissue.
  • TrueBeam’s additional functionality provides for the acquisition of a cone-beam CT, a form of CT, using 25% less X-ray dose than compared with earlier Varian image-guided technologies. This means patients can be exposed to less X-rays/radiation.
  • Real-time imaging tools allow clinicians to “see” the tumor they are about to treat. This gives them confidence, and they can target tumors with accuracy measured in millimeters.
  • The system includes a new “gated” option for synchronizing beam delivery with respiration. This helps maintain accuracy as the system changes its targeting whenever tumor motion is an issue, for example during lung cancer treatments.
  • TrueBeam can be used for many forms of advanced treatment techniques including image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and RapidArc® radiotherapy technology. Because of this, patients can receive the treatment that is best suited for their specific clinical circumstances.

                                    

Benefits:

  • TrueBeam is a powerful system that opens up treatment options for complex cancers
  • TrueBeam is fast and precise
  • TrueBeam was developed to address patient comfort

The TrueBeam Linear Accelerator is an advanced radiotherapy system that opens up treatment options for some of the most complex cancers in areas such as the head and neck, lung, breast, abdomen and liver. The TrueBeam system’s advanced imaging and powerful treatment modes allow doctors to tailor treatments specific to your particular cancer.

Treatments with Varian’s TrueBeam are fast. Most can be given within just minutes a day. Treatments that once took 10 to 30 minutes can now be completed in less than two minutes. In addition to enabling a more comfortable experience for the patient with less time on the treatment couch, faster delivery also allows for reduced chances of tumor motion during treatment, which helps protect nearby healthy tissue and critical organs.

Before and at any point during a treatment, the TrueBeam system can generate the three-dimensional images used to fine-tune tumor targeting in much less time (and with less X-rays) than was possible with earlier Varian technologies. These images can be used to fine-tune a patient’s position prior to and during the treatment process.

TrueBeam was also designed to enhance the patient experience. Thanks to an advanced communications system, the therapist running the system can be in constant contact with you. It’s almost as if they are there in the treatment room with you. And as part of this enhancement, TrueBeam has a music feature, which enables music to be played during treatment.

TrueBeam radiotherapy is not appropriate for all cancers. Serious side effects, including fatigue and skin irritation, can occur. Treatment times may vary. Ask your doctor if TrueBeam treatment is right for you.


For Information and to Book Appointments:

855.346.2091

Good Samaritan Hospital
255 Lafayette Avenue
Suffern, NY 10901


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Good Samaritan Hospital's Radiation Oncology Team 

 

 

Rescigno, John
Rescigno, John
Associate Medical Director, Radiation Oncology
Oncology
Radiation Oncology
Zimberg, Shawn
Zimberg, Shawn
Medical Director, Radiation Oncology
Oncology
Radiation Oncology
Adler, Arvin
Oncology
Radiation Oncology
Kaul, Raman
Oncology
Radiation Oncology