First Posted: 9/20/2012 10:51:20 AM | Last Updated: 9/20/2012 10:59:38 AM
LAFAYETTE – Indiana University Health Arnett is offering a new cancer treatment option using the latest technology from Varian Medical Systems – The Trilogy Linear Accelerator with RapidArc Technology.
The accelerator, located at IU Health Arnett Cancer Care, significantly shortens treatment time while improving the precision of radiotherapy. Treatment is two to eight times faster than other conventional radiation delivery options.
“With this new technology, we are able to shape the radiation beam with much better precision to target cancerous tissue and avoid damage to surrounding normal tissue or organs,” said Arthur Ko, MD, PhD, Radiation Oncologist at IU Health Arnett Cancer Services. “It also minimizes the impact on our patients’ daily lives because it only takes a few minutes to undergo the treatment.”
Rapid Arc’s improvement over prior technologies rests in its ability to deliver intensity-modulated radiation treatment while the machine rotates around the patient.
RapidArc can be used to treat different types of cancer, including prostate, skin, breast, brain, head and neck, throat, larynx, thyroid, bone, ovarian, lung, pancreas, esophagus, anorectal and uterine.