The country’s first Novalis Tx radiosurgery platform has been ordered by a leading cancer centre, allowing patients to gain access to the latest robotic radiosurgery treatments.
The system, from Varian Medical Systems and BrainLAB, offers an efficient and effective alternative to surgery for cancer and other abnormalities of the brain and body.
Treatment with this new system will begin in 2011 when the Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology’s new satellite centre opens.
The versatility of the Novalis Tx radiosurgery platform will make it possible for doctors at the Centre to offer the most appropriate form of treatment based on patients’ specific needs, from stereotactic radiosurgery to longer courses of image-guided radiotherapy (with lower-dose treatments spread out over more sessions).
Regardless of the type of treatment prescribed, the powerful Novalis Tx radiosurgery platform can deliver it quickly, so that patients spend little time immobilised on the treatment table.
“Fast treatments are easier on the patient,” says Clatterbridge Senior Research Radiographer Angela Heaton. “It’s hard for anyone to hold still for long periods of time and movement can compromise treatment accuracy. With the Novalis Tx radiosurgery platform, treatments that would have taken up to an hour or more using other techniques can be completed in just minutes, with no compromise in accuracy.”
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