RapidArc® Radiotherapy Technology Introduced at UPMC Hillman

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A big day in UPMC HillmanCancer Centre today – we treated our first patient using RapidArc® technology.

RapidArc® radiotherapy technology, developed by Varian Medical Systems, is an extremely fast and precise form of image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).

Image guidance improves tumour targeting, and IMRT shapes the radiation dose so that it conforms closely to the 3D shape of the tumour. This means more dose to the tumour, and potentially less to surrounding healthy tissue.

Treatment is delivered with one or two rotations of the treatment machine around the patient, reducing daily treatment delivery time from 15-20 minutes to 2-3 minutes.

This development involved a big investment in equipment upgrade and staff training and brings cutting edge Radiotherapy technology to the patients of the southeast…