Technology

With the highest standards in technology, providers and
campus partners, the right care is at your finger tips.

With the highest standards in technology, providers and <br/>campus partners, the right care is at your finger tips.

Technology

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center continually invests in cutting edge radiation oncology technology, keeping patients close to home for their treatment and care.

Industry leader, Varian Medical Systems, has developed both of our treatment systems: The Edge radiosurgery system and the Trilogy stereotactic system.

Both systems offer radiosurgery, which opens the door for treatment options for patients who may not have had other options. For example, a patient may not be candidate for traditional surgery. Radiosurgery gives medical professionals new tools for treating more types of cancer and other conditions.

The Edge™

The Edge radiosurgery system is truly the latest in radiation oncology technology. This system accurately targets tumors and other abnormalities without an incision or the need for recovery in a hospital setting.  Its knifelike beam (see video below) can accurately target tumors of the brain, spine, lung, and other areas that are typically difficult to treat surgically.


 

The Edge system delivers radiosurgery treatments quickly while monitoring and compensating for motion through the use of advanced imaging and real-time motion tracking technologies. Even tumors that move when a patient breathes (for example, those in the lung or breast, see video below) can be precisely targeted due to special tools that compensate for motion throughout a treatment. A sophisticated treatment couch with six axes of motion enhances treatment precision by providing additional angles for targeting tumors.


 

The Edge system can complete these sophisticated treatments in just a few minutes per day. A complex radiosurgery that typically takes 30 to 60 minutes can usually be completed in less than 15 minutes. This is important, as independent studies have shown that with faster treatments there is less time for tumor and patient movement.

The Trilogy™

The Trilogy™ stereotactic system is a robotic and automated system, which combines a state-of-the-art treatment machine, optimized for ultra-precise treatment modalities like stereotactic radiosurgery, with high-quality imaging, tracking and monitoring technologies, enabling doctors to deliver the most accurate treatments possible in the shortest amount of time. 

The Trilogy system incorporates a high-quality imaging device that enables clinicians to position patients very precisely and to deliver the radiation dose directly to a targeted area with submillimeter accuracy, guided by three-dimensional images of the patient’s anatomy. The system’s versatility makes it appropriate for treating a wide range of abnormalities. The Trilogy system also incorporates technology that can compensate for any movements a patient might make during treatment, as well as normal respiratory motion. This system also utilizes a sophisticated treatment couch providing additional angles for targeting tumors. These tools translate into faster treatments, greater patient comfort, and the potential for better outcomes and fewer side effects.