Methodist Hospitals is confronting cancer in Northwest Indiana with the latest technology in fast, precise treatments.
Methodist Hospitals’ TrueBeam™ system is an advanced radio therapy and radio surgery treatment system—capable of fast and precise image-guided radio therapy.
This technology from was engineered from the ground up to deliver high doses with accuracy in the fractions of millimeters, narrowly targeting tumors and better able to avoid the surrounding healthy tissues and organs.
TrueBeam delivers many forms of advanced treatments, including:
- Image-Guided Radio Therapy (IGRT)
- External Beam Radio Therapy (EBRT)
- RapidArc® Radio Therapy Technology
- Gated RapidArc.
The ability to choose between these different treatment modalities represents a game-changing level of flexibility, and allows Methodist Hospitals clinicians to specifically tailor each patient’s radio therapy treatments.
With Methodist’s TrueBeam system, treatments can be performed with unparalleled ease, precision and speed. This technology makes it possible to deliver fast, accurate image-guided treatments within just a few minutes per day.
The precision of Methodist Hospitals’ TrueBeam system is measured in increments of less than a millimeter. This accuracy is made possible by the system’s sophisticated architecture, which synchronizes imaging, patient positioning, motion management, beam shaping and dose delivery. It performs accuracy checks every ten milliseconds throughout the entire treatment.
Before and at any point during a treatment, the TrueBeam system can generate high-quality 3-D images of the tumor and surrounding anatomy. Images can be generated using 25 percent less X-ray dose than previous technologies. These images are used to fine-tune a patient’s position prior to and during the treatment process.
In addition to faster treatments, TrueBeam’s enhanced communication technology enables a constant interaction between the patient and therapist operating the equipment, creating a virtual presence of the therapist in the treatment room. Three closed-circuit television systems enable comprehensive monitoring of the patient and the system from outside the treatment room. Additional enhanced features allow music to be played during treatment, helping to create a more soothing treatment environment.
Methodist Hospitals Oncology Program
Southlake Campus: Pavilion B, 200 East 89th Drive, Merrillville, IN 46410 • 219-757-7212