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Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - Munson Offers Open House for New SRS Device

Munson Offers Open House for New SRS Device
The hospital’s latest technology will be on display from 5 -7 p.m. on Oct. 3

Munson Medical Center will offer a public open house for its new stereotactic radiosurgery device on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the hospital’s lower level.

Director of Cancer Services Bob Stanton said the open house will allow the public to view the Truebeam™ STx stereotactic radiosurgery device that will allow northern Michigan residents to receive state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.

The open house will be from 5 - 7 p.m. in the SRS Suite, located across from the hospital’s Conference Center in the lower level.

“SRS delivers targeted, precise, high-powered radiation to cancerous tumors in various parts of the body, and radiation from the TrueBeam can be directed within a few tenths of a millimeter allowing for precise targeting of the tumor,” Stanton said.

The TrueBeam STx has advanced capability for radiotherapy and radiosurgery, including image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), and RapidARC radio therapy technology and respiratory gating. As compared to Gamma Knife® and CyberKnife® technologies which are more limited in scope, the TrueBeam STx will offer advanced technologies to treat a wide range of cancer patients.

Treatment on the machine will involve a radiation oncologist prescribing the type and amount of treatment. A dosimetrist will determine how to accomplish the radiation oncologist’s plan using the machine. Radiation may be delivered from different angles and radiation levels.

A typical procedure may take an hour, with much of that time involved in positioning the patient for the pin-point radiation beam.

The nearly $10 million SRS project includes the specially designed vault where it is housed. Construction was done with the intention of being able to move the vault and machine to a new cancer center in future years.