Novalis Tx™ is one of the most precise noninvasive treatments available for cancerous and non-cancerous conditions of the entire body. It combines the latest advances with the ability to provide conventional radiation therapy and features advanced technologies that deliver highly precise treatment while protecting the surrounding healthy tissue. Novalis Tx offers one of the fastest treatment session times available – minutes, not hours – giving new hope to patients with difficult to treat tumors.
Novalis Tx incorporates a powerful linear accelerator, which rotates around the patient to deliver treatment beams anywhere in the body from virtually any angle. Sophisticated image guidance and motion management tools provide clinicians with detailed information about the shape, size and position of the target lesion, guide patient setup and positioning, and monitor motion during treatment.
TrueBeam STx is an advanced radiosurgery system that delivers treatment with speedy and accuracy. TrueBeam STx synchronizes a treatment beam system (that provides the beams of radiation for treatment) to an imaging system (that allows doctors to see the tumor they’re treating). Because treatments are noninvasive, there is no incision or surgery with TrueBeam STx. It is also engineered to be fast and precise with most treatments taking just minutes a day. The ability to deliver higher doses of radiation at great speed allows most treatments to be given in just minutes a day.
It also has very sophisticated respiratory monitoring systems that compensate for your breathing as it targets tumors in the thorax and abdomen.
TrueBeam STx performs advanced treatments like stereotactic body radiotherapy, also known as SBRT, and stereotactic radiosurgery, known as SRS.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, MRI gives different information about structures in the body than can be seen with an X-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT) scan. MRI also may show problems that cannot be seen with other imaging methods.
For an MRI test, the area of the body being studied is placed inside a special machine that contains a strong magnet. Pictures from an MRI scan are digital images that can be saved and stored on a computer for more study. The images also can be reviewed remotely, such as in a clinic or an operating room. In some cases, contrast material may be used during the MRI scan to show certain structures more clearly.
Computed tomography (CT) is a diagnostic imaging test used to create detailed images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels. The cross-sectional images generated during a CT scan can be reformatted in multiple planes, and can even generate three-dimensional images which can be viewed on a computer monitor, printed on film or transferred to electronic media. CT scanning is often the best method for detecting many different cancers since the images allow your doctor to confirm the presence of a tumor and determine its size and location. CT is fast, painless, noninvasive and accurate. In emergency cases, it can reveal internal injuries and bleeding quickly enough to help save lives.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET-CT)
Positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear imaging technique that creates detailed, computerized pictures of organs and tissues inside the body.
A PET scan reveals how the body is functioning and uncovers areas of abnormal metabolic activity.
During a PET scan, the patient is first injected with a glucose (sugar) solution that contains a very small amount of radioactive material. The substance is absorbed by the particular organs or tissues being examined. The patient rests on a table and slides into a large tunnel-shaped scanner. The PET scanner is then able to “see” damaged or cancerous cells where the glucose is being taken up (cancer cells often use more glucose than normal cells) and the rate at which the tumor is using the glucose (which can help determine the tumor grade). The procedure is painless and varies in length, depending on the part of the body that is being evaluated.
A PET scan can be used to detect cancerous tissues and cells in the body that may not always be found through computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).