When it comes to treating tumours with radiation, there are many elements to take into account. The size, shape, type and location of the cancer must be considered, alongside other factors like your general health and other medical treatments you have undergone, or have planned.
ARO utilises some of the latest equipment in modern radiotherapy provision consisting of three Elekta linear accelerators (two with Agility BLD) (probably remove that?) with 4DCBCT and intra-fractional imaging, Philips Brilliance big bore CT scanner, RayStation TPS, Mosaiq R&V and access to various imaging techniques including PET and MRI.
Our variety of contemporary treatment techniques include Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), hypo-fractionated Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT) and use a number of novel tools (e.g. deformable image registration and adaptive techniques).
At the planning stage, ARO’s planning team use a leading-edge treatment planning system, allowing the radiation to be ‘sculpted’ to match the tumour. This means your treatment will be as fast and effective as possible, while also minimising the impact on surrounding healthy tissues.
ARO was the first treatment centre in Australasia to implement RayStation®, the most advanced treatment planning system on the market today. RayStation® optimises algorithms for VMAT, IMRT and 3D-CRT machines, while also allowing for traditional 3D images of the tumour. The planning system allows your medical team to decide on how many radiation beams to use and which angles each will be delivered from.
Once the team has made an initial plan, calculations will be made to ensure the prescribed dose is delivered to a specific area. It also factors in, specialised collimation, field sizes or tumour depth.
RayStation’s other capabilities are what make it one of the most advanced systems to date. It can combine CT, PET and MRI functionalities, contour, uses collapsed cone convolution dose computation and 4D data compatibility. Other features include multi-criteria optimisation, dose tracking, treatment adaptation and deformable registration.
Continuous investment in new technology is a core philosophy at ARO and we are currently replacing a machine and have invested in ExacTrac imaging technology.
At ARO, we work closely with your radiation oncologist to develop an individualised treatment plan for each patient. We are proud to offer a comprehensive range of treatment techniques to suit patient needs.
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