The Torrance Memorial Radiation Oncology program provides a number of cutting-edge
technologies in a patient-centered environment. Our team ensures that
you will receive the best method of therapy for you and continues to provide
state-of-the-art equipment at the forefront of radiation treatment.
- Calypso Extracranial Tracking
- Philips Brilliance Large-Bore CT Simulator
- Eclipse Treatment Planning System
Developed by Varian Medical Systems, the world leader in radiotherapy oncology
TrueBeam uses high-energy X-rays (photons), or in some cases, streams of electrons,
to destroy cancer cells. When you undergo a TrueBeam treatment, a precisely-shaped
beam hits the cancerous cells. Their ability to reproduce is compromised
and they eventually die, causing the tumor to shrink.
Advantages of TrueBeam Treatment
NONINVASIVE. There is no incision or surgery with TrueBeam and no post-surgery recovery period.
FAST. The ability to deliver higher doses of radiation at great speed allows
most treatments to be given in just minutes a day.
PRECISE. TrueBeam uses a highly sophisticated imaging system that allows doctors
to “see” the tumor they’re treating in real time and
target it with pinpoint precision. Even tumors that move when you breathe
— those in the lungs, for example — can be precisely targeted
thanks to special tools that compensate for motion during a treatment.
VERSATILE. TrueBeam can be used to deliver advanced radiotherapy or radiosurgery,
giving doctors the flexibility to use whatever protocol is appropriate
for your particular cancer. Because of its versatility, TrueBeam gives
us options to treat cancers in even challenging places like the head and
neck, lungs, breast, abdomen and liver.
INDIVIDUALIZED. Every tumor is different, and TrueBeam can shape the radiation beam to
accurately match the size and form of most tumors regardless of their
shape. It uses a device called a multileaf collimator that shapes the
treatment beam precisely to match the shape of the tumor from any given
treatment angle, minimizing exposure of the surrounding healthy tissue.
COMFORTABLE. A closed-circuit television system enables your radiation therapist to
watch you during treatment, and two-way audio lets you talk with the therapist.
TrueBeam runs so quietly, you can even listen to music during treatment
to help you relax.
Calypso® Extracranial Tracking
The Calypso® system is a suite of advanced technologies that use transponder
beacons and a detector panel to deliver precise and accurate real-time
tumor tracking. This enables your radiation oncology team to keep the
target in the path of the radiation beam at all times. The miniaturized
transponder beacons can be placed on the skin surface or implanted into
the body. By detecting the slightest tumor movement and guiding the therapist
in repositioning the patient if necessary, the Calypso system enables
clinicians to deliver high doses of radiation directly to the tumor while
potentially avoiding healthy surrounding tissues.
Safety and Quality
Every aspect of your treatment, planning, and delivery is given meticulous attention