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Verity Radiation Therapy Becomes Second U.S. Medical Center to Treat Cancer Patients Using RapidArc(TM) Radiotherapy Technology
Date:5/27/2008

ne was moved to deliver the beam from several different beam angles. Varian treatment planning analyses have shown that RapidArc plan dose distributions are comparable to those possible with conventional IMRT planning, and RapidArc plans are delivered with the same precision.

"IMRT was already a tremendous gain in curving around normal structures, such as the rectum in prostate cancer treatment, thereby allowing for higher doses given to the prostate," Dr. Gilbert pointed out. "The ability to deliver these treatments so much faster is a real win for us and for our patients. Faster treatments are not only more comfortable for the patient, but they have the potential to spare more healthy tissue during the course of treatment since there is less likelihood that the patient will move during the treatment, or that some normal physiological process, such as gas moving through the digestive system, will displace the tumor."

"In addition to shortening the patient's treatment time, with RapidArc we are able to reduce the amount of radiation generated by the machine," added Randi Aaronson, PhD, medical physicist. "While the dose to the target does not change, the dose to the rest of the body from scatter and leakage radiation is reduced compared to conventional IMRT."

"With the addition of RapidArc, the Varian linear accelerator at The Texas Clinic can now be used for an even broader spectrum of advanced clinical capabilities, which already include fixed-beam IMRT, stereotactic treatments, and electron treatments for tumors near the body's surface," added Matt McNeeley, director of marketing and business development. "It is part of our ongoing commitment to offering our patients the most appropriate form of treatment available, based on each patient's unique clinical situation."

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