Linear Accelerator

Linear accelerators pinpoint where cancer cells end and healthy cells begin

Linear accelerators pinpoint where cancer cells end and healthy cells begin

Cutting-edge linear accelerators benefit patients by helping medical experts deliver enough radiation to a moving tumor to eliminate it while minimizing the amount of healthy tissue that's exposed to the radiation.

Why linear accelerators are important and how they work

The technology is incredibly important because cancer tumors and lesions don't stay in the exact same place after each radiation therapy session. When a patient gains or loses weight or experiences other physical changes, organs can shift even slightly. So it's imperative that before each treatment, physicians can identify exactly where cancerous cells end and healthy cells begin.

The Varian IX linear accelerator is image-guided, which means it uses both x-ray and cone-beam CAT scan technology to search for the cancer. Previous versions of linear accelerators don't have integrated x-ray imaging, which doesn't allow real-time localization of the target.

The Varian Trilogy linear accelerator does everything the IX linear accelerator does, and it offers cutting edge stereotactic radio surgery, which is specifically designed to seek out and treat small targets in areas outside the head.

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