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As part of the Michael and Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center's commitment to aggressively treat cancer while preserving patient quality of life, we have added a state-of-the-art Elekta Synergy® S to our radiation treatment systems. Elekta Synergy S is a radiation treatment system with an integrated 3D imaging system that allows physicians to more precisely target tumors with radiation beams.

Elekta Synergy S, manufactured by Elekta, is an advanced digital linear accelerator that integrates a suite of imaging tools to enable high quality, 3D imaging at the time of treatment. This capability provides clinicians with a solution to two of the most persistent and significant problems in radiation therapy: internal organ motion and errors in patient set-up. Elekta Synergy S provides unmatched clinical confidence to more aggressively treat tumors, while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

A new approach to radiation therapy

To determine the precise location of tumors and normal surrounding tissues, traditional radiotherapy calls for imaging studies to be done several days before treatment. However, the tumor may change shape or position over a period of time.

Elekta Synergy® S enables Holy Cross’ radiation oncologists to obtain images just before treatment with the patient in the exact position he or she will be treated in. This means not only less chance for errors in tumor targeting and patient positioning, but also the ability to increase the dose to the tumor by virtue of more certainty in the tumor’s location. The goal is to improve the patient’s quality of life and the chances for long-term survival.

In addition to improving accuracy, Elekta Synergy S reduces or eliminates the need for implanting markers, as clinicians can visualize soft tissue detail using Elekta Synergy VolumeView™. This low-dose imaging capability helps minimize the side effects of radiation therapy by reducing the margins previously set to account for uncertainties of target dimensions, location and movement. Clinicians have the confidence that a 3D plan will be delivered as an accurately targeted 3D treatment.

Facilitating stereotactic radiosurgery

In addition to radiation therapy, Elekta Synergy® S sets new standards of accuracy and therapeutic efficacy in extracranial stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) applications. The ability to achieve extraordinary accuracy enables clinicians to deliver single. high-dose SRS treatments for certain conditions.