From the moment patients and their loved ones enter the radiation oncology area’s lobby with a self-serve coffee station, television and a jig-saw puzzle waiting to be completed, they know they are in a place that was designed for their comfort and to help put their minds at ease. Outfitted with the latest in linear accelerator equipment that is one of only a handful in the entire state of Florida, patients are receiving very high quality care without having to travel long distances.
TrueBeam™ STx Linear Accelerator
Custom-built for the Scully-Welsh Cancer Center, TrueBeam technology makes radiation oncology treatments faster and more accurate for patients.
TrueBeam from Varian Medical Systems is an advanced radiotherapy system that opens up treatment options for some of the most complex cancers in areas such as the head and neck, lung, breast, abdomen and liver. The TrueBeam system’s advanced imaging and powerful treatment modes allow doctors to tailor treatments specific to your particular cancer.
Treatments with Varian’s TrueBeam are fast. Most can be given within just minutes a day. Treatments that once took 10 to 30 minutes can now be completed in less than two minutes. In addition to enabling a more comfortable experience for the patient with less time on the treatment couch, faster delivery also allows for reduced chances of tumor motion during treatment, which helps protect nearby healthy tissue and critical organs.
Before and at any point during a treatment, the TrueBeam system can generate the three-dimensional images used to fine-tune tumor targeting in much less time (and with less X-rays) than was possible with earlier Varian technologies. These images can be used to fine-tune a patient’s position prior to and during the treatment process.
TrueBeam was also designed to enhance the patient experience. Thanks to an advanced communications system, the therapist running the system can be in constant contact with you. It’s almost as if they are there in the treatment room with you. And as part of this enhancement, TrueBeam has a music feature, which enables music to be played during treatment.
- TrueBeam is a powerful system that opens up treatment options for complex cancers
- TrueBeam is fast and precise
- TrueBeam was developed to address patient comfort
Note: TrueBeam radiotherapy is not appropriate for all cancers and treatment times may vary.
How Does it Work:
Watch a short video featuring a patient with lung cancer receiving a radiotherapy treatment using the True Beam.