TrueBeam® Radiation Therapy: Precise and Powerful
The TrueBeam® is known for its extraordinarily high precision and flexibility
and its ability to deliver radiation with a highly exact setup and very
tight dose margins. Delivering sub-millimeter accuracy, the Truebeam®
facilitates accuracy with a precise beam center, a sharp beam edge, and
extremely conformal beam shaping.
This particular form of radiotherapy has several important advantages:
- The radiation beams conform exactly to target dimensions
- Radiation delivered by the TrueBeam® is exceedingly flexible, with
multiple treatment modalities available on the same linear accelerator
- Multiple forms of built-in imaging technology capture high-resolution images
of the target at setup and during treatment delivery, so that each treatment
is precisely localized
- There is a significant decrease in the risk of damage to adjacent healthy tissue
- Delivery can be "gated" to match each patient's breathing
cycle, to minimize dose to normal tissue and optimize dose to the tumor
- Truebeam® works quickly, making treatment more comfortable for the patient
Stereotactic radiotherapy (also called "radiosurgery") is a form
of radiation therapy that delivers narrow, powerful radiation beams to
a tumor from many directions. This type of radiation therapy uses a three-dimensional
set of coordinates to precisely target the beams and is more protective
of nearby healthy tissue than conventional radiation therapy. At Torrance
Memorial, we're proud to be first in our South Bay area to be able
to offer stereotactic radiotherapy treatment utilizing the world's
most technologically advanced linear accelerator, the TrueBeam®.
Collaborative Care, Individualized Treatment
Stereotactic radiotherapy treatment planning is individualized for each
patient. Our radiation oncologists collaborate with physicists and dosimetrists
to establish the optimal treatment plan, including number of visits, mode
of delivery and direction of beams. Our neurosurgeons, pulmonologists
and radiologists are also involved in treatment planning.
While not optimal for all patients, TrueBeam® stereotactic radiosurgery
is appropriate for tumors that are located near the spinal canal as well
as some small tumors in the lungs, liver or brain.
Torrance Memorial has two additional highly precise linear accelerators
for treatment of patients for whom TrueBeam® therapy is not optimal.