South County Health offers patients the latest advances in Radiation Therapy to treat certain types of cancers.
As one of only five Radiation Therapy facilities in Rhode Island, South County Hospital gives patients access to a state-of-the-art Varian True Beam Linear Accelerator, 3-D and 4-D technology, and advanced imaging capabilities that promote optimal tumor management.
TrueBeam technology combines imaging, beam delivery and sophisticated motion management to accurately and precisely target tumors with speed, rotating around the patient to deliver a prescribed radiation dose from nearly any angle.
The GE Optima 580 is a wide bore 16 slice scanner for high resolution fast CT scans. It provides CT images with reliable information about the tumor and surrounding organs for treatment planning in Radiation Therapy.
The wide bore gantry opening allows for flexibility in positioning patients for treatment. The CT scanner also offers 4D motion management solutions to see how anatomy is moving in time to plan radiotherapy precisely for tumors in motion.
The scanner comes equipped with MAR - Smart Metal Artifact Reduction processing- a technique that reduces artifacts and enhances clarity across a range of denser metal artifacts, including hip prostheses, spine screws and dental work.
3-dimensional conformal radiation is a conventional form of radiation therapy that uses imaging technology to plot the path of multiple radiation beams aimed at the tumor from different directions. This method more precisely delivers radiation to cancer cells, while reducing the amount of radiation to healthy cells.
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced type of radiation therapy that uses advanced technology to manipulate photon beams of radiation to conform to the shape of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) involves the use of imaging during radiation therapy to improve the precision and accuracy of treatment delivery. IGRT is used to treat tumors located close to sensitive organs and in areas of the body that move, such as the lungs.
Using radiation therapy devices equipped with imaging technology allows the radiation oncologist to compare images of the tumor before and during treatment. By comparing these images to the reference images taken during simulation, the patient's position and/or the radiation beams may be adjusted to more precisely target the radiation dose to the tumor.
Some IGRT procedures may use:
Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) focuses the radiation on the tumor while protecting healthy tissues. Each Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) treatment is completed in less than two minutes.
4D-CT simulation provides detailed information on the motion of tumors and critical structures within a patient’s body to target tumors that move with a patient's breathing, such as lung, pancreatic, and other gastrointestinal cancers.
Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) is a technique that may be used when treating breast cancer patients with radiation treatments that helps reduce the amount of radiation that reaches the heart.
Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) is a highly focused radiation treatment that gives an intense dose of radiation concentrated on a tumor, while limiting the dose to the surrounding organs.