RapidArc™ Image Guided Radiation Therapy
Radiotherapy treatment is commonly called radiation treatment or radiation therapy. Radiotherapy treatment damages cancer cells and tumors by delivering high energy radiation to the tumor site. At Mid Florida Cancer Centers, this is provided to patients with a new, precise and fast form of cancer treatment using the RapidArc® Trilogy technology. RapidArc® treatment provides continuous delivery of radiation through a single rotation of the linear accelerator around the patient. The linear accelerator is the large machine that generates the high-powered X-rays (radiation) and rotates around you as you lie on a treatment table, delivering beams to treat all parts/organs of the body.
During a RapidArc™ treatment, radiation is shaped and reshaped as it is delivered continuously from virtually every angle in a 360-degree revolution around the patient. This continuous single rotation beam reduces not only the treatment time, but also the dose to the surrounding organs, which means you or your loved one could have less time on the treatment table and/or less number of treatments and can return to your daily routine. It also greatly reduces the risk to damage healthy tissue surrounding the tumor.
RapidArc™ radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems is a major advance in radiation treatment that improves dose conformity while significantly shortening treatment times for some types of cancer.
PATIENT BENEFIT SUMMARY
RapidArc™ Is Simple
RapidArc™ avoids using multiple fields and treatment setups so the patient faces less discomfort and disruption. This helps lower the stress of treatment and allows them to quickly resume their daily activities and lifestyle.
RapidArc™ Is Fast
RapidArc™ treatments can be delivered in less than two minutes, which is two to eight times faster than older forms of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and faster than helical IMRT.
RapidArc™ delivers precise treatments to match the tumor size and location, sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.
RapidArc™ Is Precise
RapidArc™ uses a unique Varian algorithm that provides exceptional treatment delivery control, resulting in improved dose conformity for greater normal tissue sparing and tumor control.