More patients are now living with cancer thanks to innovative new treatments that are available. Radiation therapy destroys many types of cancer cells and can prevent malignant cells from reproducing. At Providence, we have some of the most sophisticated radiation technology to localize and treat cancer cells and spare surrounding healthy tissue.
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) - Our Varian TrilogyTM system is one of the most advanced forms of medical technology available for delivering radiation therapy. It allows radiation oncologists to perform stereotactic radiosurgery with unparalleled precision. Trilogy aims higher doses of radiation at smaller areas over a shorter period of time. As a result, treatment sessions may be shorter and less frequent.
Clinac Linear Accelerator - The Varian Clinac Accelerator can produce seven different energies to treat different types of tumors more effectively. It offers Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), a breakthrough treatment that has enhanced the chance of a cure and decreased complication rates.
CT Simulator - Prior to therapy, we design customized treatment plans for each patient using the CT simulator, a computer-assisted machine similar to the accelerator. The simulator lets the radiation oncologist view the treatment area with and without fluoroscopic imaging. With these precise images, the radiation oncologist can define the areas to be treated, determine the best angles for radiation and specify the areas to be blocked and protected.
Mobile PET CAT scanner - Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT) scans can be performed at the same time through our mobile scanner. The highly sensitive PET scan detects the metabolic signal of actively growing cancer cells in the body. And the CAT scan provides a detailed picture of the internal anatomy that reveals the location, size and shape of abnormal cancerous growths. When the tests are used together, the combined image provides a total picture of both metabolism and anatomy of cancer. It allows doctors to pinpoint the location of cancer within the body before making treatment recommendations.