THE LATEST IN SKIN CANCER
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||The sparing of healthy tissue
||Radiation beam that matches
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||Tailored treatment plans
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The TomoTherapy HI×ART System®
is a first of its kind, providing 3-D imaging of a tumor
immediately prior to treatment and delivering radiation
from 360 degrees. This allows more accurate
identification and treatment of cancerous tumors, and
reduces exposure of healthy tissue to radiation.
Residents of Northeast Pennsylvania can now access the
world’s most advanced cancer treatment system in two
Northeast Radiation Oncology
Center in Dunmore, and Upper Delaware Valley Cancer
Center in Milford. Our Milford campus has offered TomoTherapy since July 2006.
TomoTherapy is the most precise radiation cancer
treatment for people with the most complex and
challenging cases. “This cutting-edge technology allows
the delivery of 360 degree precision radiation therapy,
and has tremendous positive impact on patients,” states
Dr. Pino-y-Torres, medical director of Upper Delaware
Valley Cancer Center, and one of the most experienced
radiation oncologists in the world in the use of
TomoTherapy. “It is the first system that provides 3-D
imaging immediately prior to each treatment.”
The ability to do 3-D imaging immediately before each treatment to verify the location of a tumor increases precision. Often between treatments a patient’s tumor can move, so by verifying before each treatment, the tumor can be precisely targeted. This reduces exposure of healthy tissue to radiation, and also means it can reduce the side effects for our patients.
“Our goal is to win the war against cancer,” says Dr.
Fred Robertson, CEO of Madison, Wisconsin-based
TomoTherapy Incorporated, manufacturer of the HI×ART
System. “We set out to integrate and simplify the
radiation therapy process while improving accuracy.”
Traditional radiation therapies often require a patient
to transfer between several different stations to
receive treatment, which takes time. “Our system enables
the clinician to plan, verify and deliver treatment in
one system. It can also reduce the chance of errors
since all patient information is contained in one unit,
and it reduces patient treatment time,” says Robertson.
How The TomoTherapy HI×ART System® Works
1. Before each treatment, the patient, lying on the
couch, moves through the HI×ART machine for a 3-D
TomoImage™. Images taken verify the shape, size and
location of the tumor.
2. Dosage and location of delivery via the radiation
beam are determined.
3. The patient then moves through the HI×ART machine
again where radiation is delivered in a helical pattern
(360 degrees) to the tumor.
4. Each procedure takes approximately 15 minutes.
The concept of helical tomotherapy was first developed
by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Two of these researchers later founded TomoTherapy
Incorporated in 1997. The company is privately held and
based in Madison, Wisconsin. For information visit
For more information on TomoTherapy at
Radiation Oncology Center, please call 866-923-TOMO
(8666), and at Upper Delaware Valley Cancer Center,
please call 866-549-TOMO (8666).