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New Treatment Options for Complex Cancers through TrueBeam

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The Cancer Institute at The University of Tennessee Medical Center now offers TrueBeam Technology, opening up treatment options for some of the most complex cancers in areas such as head and neck, lung, prostate, breast, abdomen and liver.

The only one of its kind in East Tennessee, the Varian TrueBeam radiotherapy system makes it possible to perform accurate image-guided treatments faster, with most treatments taking just minutes per visit. The system also features sophisticated motion-management capabilities, which include an advanced “respiratory gating” option for synchronizing beam delivery with respiration. This helps maintain accuracy as the system adjusts its targeting whenever tumor motion is an issue, for example during lung cancer treatments.

TrueBeam also delivers higher quality images 60 percent faster than was possible with earlier generations of imaging technology. Additional functionality makes it possible to create images using 25 percent less X-ray dose. It is noninvasive and fast, and was designed to address patient comfort.

Hear Steven DiBiase, MD, Professor of Radiology, describe the TrueBeam system and answer questions about this innovative radiotherapy treatment in a UT Medical Center Medical Moment on YouTube.

To learn more, visit or call 865-305-9040.

Posted February 19, 2014


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