Cancer services equipment
MNCCI is equipped with state of the art equipment and technology including:
- Elekta Synergy® Linear Accelerators with 2D, 3D and 4D Imaging capabilities. All MNCCI Linacs can deliver x-ray and electron treatments, and as of 2015 have 5mm multi-leaf collimators installed to provide the best in beam shaping
- Siemens SOMOTON Sensation Open CT scanner which also enables 4DCT image acquisition for Lung SABR planning and treatment
- Monaco® treatment planning system used for planning 3D conformal, IMRT and VMAT treatments
- Gulmay D3150 superficial X-ray treatment unit for the treatment of skin cancers
- MOSAIQ® oncology information system used for Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology and Haematology. MOSAIQ® is a complete electronic medical record that also allows for the prescribing, verification and recording of radiation therapy, chemotherapy and other cancer related treatments
- Active Breathing Coordinator™ assists patients to maintain breath-hold during radiotherapy treatment delivery, allowing gated treatment techniques
- Sentinel™ used for patient motion management during the delivery of radiotherapy treatment.
IMRT uses advanced technology to manipulate beams of radiation to conform to the shape of a tumour. The radiation intensity of each beam is controlled and the beam shape changes throughout each treatment. The goal of IMRT is to bend the radiation dose to avoid or reduce exposure of healthy tissue and limit the side effects of treatment.
VMAT delivers radiation by rotating the linear accelerator through one or more arcs with the radiation continuously on. Highly conformal dose distributions are achieved by enabling small beams with varying intensity to be aimed at the tumour. VMAT allows for a high dose to be delivered to the tumour whilst minimising dose to surround healthy tissue.
SBRT also called stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), is a type of radiation therapy in which a few very high doses of radiation are delivered to small, well-defined tumors. The goal is to deliver a radiation dose that is high enough to kill the cancer while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy organs.
IGRT uses a variety of imaging techniques such as X-rays and CT scans, to guide the daily radiation treatment. Imaging enables the position of the patient and the tumour to be tracked and confirmed so that the radiation beam can be targeted more precisely.