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Image Guided Radiation Therapy in Latham, NY. Now Fighting Cancer Using Fast and Precise RapidArc(TM) Radiotherapy Technology
Date:8/25/2008

hnology, and began offering image-guided IMRT treatments for prostate cancer back in August 2005. "The vast majority of our patients since then have had no complications, following treatment," Puranik says. "I couldn't imagine how we would improve on that. But with RapidArc, we have! We can get the same results two to eight times faster than was possible with our earlier technology."

By completing highly-precise IMRT treatment so much faster, Puranik says, his clinical team members can spend more time with patients or completing administrative tasks. "Whereas we generally treated four patients each hour, RapidArc is making it possible for us to treat up to five patients an hour, with plenty of time in between appointments. Having extra time for administrative tasks will help us ensure that charges are captured correctly, and cut back on time-consuming billing errors."

Shorkey is now finishing his third week of a nine-week course of radiotherapy, and reports that, to his surprise, he doesn't feel anything during the treatments. "I've been pleased with the thoughtful and efficient care I've been getting at Image Guided Radiation Therapy," he said. "I'm in the treatment room for only about five minutes per session. Because I live so close to the care center, I'm only away from home about an hour each day. The doctors told me that I was one of the very first patients in the Northeast to receive treatments using this technology. I think it's wonderful that people are inventing these devices. It's a miracle as far as I'm concerned."

The American Cancer Society estimates that, in the state of New York this year, there will be 97,130 new cases of cancer, and 10,500 new cases of prostate cancer.

About Image Guided Radiation Therapy, Latham, NY.

Image Guided Radiation Therapy is a physician owned, physician governed multi-specialty medical group with more than 180 physicians and other clinical providers, located in 5 counties surrounding the
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