Haukeland University Hospital, a leading cancer clinic in Norway, has acquired an On-Board Imager device and other systems from Varian Medical Systems enabling its clinicians to carry out more targeted cancer treatments.
The hospital is installing linear accelerators and a simulator along with treatment planning and information management software systems. As a result, the entire radiotherapy department is now automated, integrated and fully networked, Varian said.
The department's new On-Board Imager is enabling the clinicians to utilize image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) for the first time. Doctors now can generate radiographic, fluoroscopic and 3-D volumetric X-ray images of the patient's tumor and compare them with diagnostic reference images from the treatment plan to ensure that the patient's tumor is exactly aligned with the beam immediately prior to treatment. This enables radiographers to verify the tumor location while the patient is in the treatment position.