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 Medical Center has two additional highly precise linear accelerators for treatment of patients for whom Truebeam® therapy is not optimal.