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SwedishAmerican Advances Cancer Treatment with New Image-Guided Radiotherapy Technology
January 2, 2013
In a promising development for Stateline cancer patients, the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center has installed the On-Board Imager® kV imaging system from Varian Medical Systems. The new technology 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 in the world,” says SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center Director Diane Scoville. “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 great precision, offering the potential for better outcomes.
“This important tracking technology will enable us to treat lesions that might not have been treatable in the past,” says SwedishAmerican Radiation Oncologist Dr. Samuel Andrews. “We’ll be able to protect healthy tissues to an unprecedented degree.”
“Radiation therapy is used today in more than half of all cancer treatments due to its unique clinical advantages,” adds Radiation Oncologist Dr. Prakash Pedapati. “Using this new 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.”
About the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center
At SwedishAmerican, patients benefit from the region’s largest number of oncology physicians and a nationally certified staff of nurses, radiation therapists, physicists, social workers, pharmacists, chaplains, and dieticians who work together to provide a unique team approach to cancer care. SwedishAmerican currently is moving forward with plans to build and operate a free-standing outpatient cancer center in collaboration with UW Health and its nationally recognized University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.
About SwedishAmerican Health System
SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, a foundation, and has an exclusive affiliation with UW Health in northern Illinois.