New York Oncology Hematology is proud to offer the region’s only Varian TrueBeam Radiotherapy System. This exciting technology opens new treatment possibilities, while providing greater accuracy, speed and comfort for patients – especially for hard to reach cancers.
Benefits of this new technology include:
Greater Beam Precision
The precision of the TrueBeam system is measured in increments of less than a millimeter, performing accuracy checks every ten milliseconds throughout the entire treatment. And the new PerfectPitch™ 6 degrees of freedom couch provides two additional rotational motion axes: pitch and roll. Together, they provide more accurate target positioning and precise beam delivery to treat cancer anywhere in the body, including the breast, lung, abdomen, head and neck.
In many cases, tumors can move as your breathe. The TrueBeam system offers a new “respiratory gating” option that synchronizes beam delivery with respiration. This helps maintain accuracy, as the system synchronizes its targeting whenever tumor motion is an issue, for example during lung cancer treatments.
During the set-up process, you can be exposed to less X-ray dose with the TrueBeam system. Additional imaging functionality provides the opportunity to use 25 percent less X-ray dose compared to earlier imaging technology. This does not change the dose the physician has prescribed and you receive for your radiation treatment.
Shorter Treatment Times
TrueBeam’s powerful technology and pinpoint accuracy makes it possible to deliver fast, precise image-guided treatments in just a few minutes a day.
Closed-circuit television systems provide two-way audio so you can be in contact with the therapist running the machine throughout your treatment. It’s almost as if the therapist is in the room with you. Music can also be played during your treatment, helping to create a more soothing environment.
Reduced Side Effects
TrueBeam’s greater beam precision allows physicians to spare more healthy tissue during treatment, thus reducing common radiation side effects.
The TrueBeam system can deliver multiple forms of radiotherapy, including:
- Image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT)
- Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT
- RapidArc® radiotherapy technology
- Gated RapidArc
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS and SBRT) for certain cranial, lung, spine, and abdominal cancers
As a result, TrueBeam creates new treatment options, allowing NYOH physicians to create a more customized treatment plan for each patient.