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Published on January 12, 2015

TrueBeam Radiotherapy Technology Improves Cancer Treatment Precision & Speed

Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial Campus offers the TrueBeam™ linear accelerator system, the latest and one of the most advanced radiotherapy technologies in the world for treating cancer, allowing treatments to be performed with increased precision and speed.

In addition to reduced treatment times, patient comfort and safety are improved with the new system.

Benefits of TrueBeam™ Technology

The True Beam Linear Accelerator allows us to pinpoint tumors more precisely, saving healthy tissue and decreasing treatment time for patients. Because the new equipment is faster and has more features, doctors and therapists have more flexibility to perform radiotherapy treatment that is best suited for each patient’s specific clinical circumstances.

True Beam technology opens the door to new possibilities for the treatment of challenging cases such as cancers in the lung, breast, abdomen, and head and neck as well as other cancers that are treatable with radiotherapy. In addition, True Beam is on a digital platform, allowing us to download pictures for a better flow of information between this technology and other radiology tests such as CT and MRI.

How TrueBeam Works

The True Beam technology rotates around the patient to deliver a prescribed radiation dose from nearly any angle. It combines imaging, beam delivery and sophisticated RapidArc technology to accurately and precisely target tumors with greater speed.

Real-time imaging tools allow clinicians to "see" the tumor they are about to treat and respiratory gating enables clinicians to synchronize beam delivery with patient respiration. The system was designed with many features for the patient experience in mind. With shorter treatment times and quieter operation, TrueBeam provides for a more comfortable environment. Music can be played during treatment, helping to increase patient comfort.

Elmbrook Memorial’s Radiation Oncology program has been growing under the leadership of Dr. Shannon Offerman of Radiation Oncology Associates.

“I am excited to bring the technology that the True Beam offers to the Embrook Memorial Campus," Dr. Offerman says. "We can now offer patients treatments that are on the cutting edge of radiation oncology developments, as well as making the more standard treatments faster and more precise than ever before.”

Learn more about cancer care at Wheaton Franciscan.

Latest Cancer Radiotherapy Technology Improves Treatment Precision & Speed