The University of Tennessee Medical Center Adds New TrueBeam Linear Accelerator With BrainLab Technology

The Medical Center began treating patients in May 2017, with a new TrueBeam linear accelerator with BrainLab technology.

This cutting-edge cancer-fighting tool was designed with patients in mind. It offers faster treatment and quieter operation, specifically for cancers that were once considered inoperable or untreatable. 

Groundbreaking Treatments for Cancer Patients.   Radiosurgery is a type of cancer treatment, also called stereotactic radiosurgery.  It is used to treat cancers non-invasively, or without having to make an incision.  During treatment, a beam of radiation is sent directly to tumors. It can be used with patients who can’t have traditional surgery, or whose cancer was once considered untreatable. This includes people with cancers of the:

  • Pancreas
  • Brain
  • Spine
  • Lung
  • Liver
  • Prostate 

The new TrueBeam system combines imaging, motion management and beam delivery to perform surgery with great speed and precision. The system’s advanced image guidance tools give doctors detailed information about the location and shape of the tumor. This lets them provide a personalized treatment plan for each patient.  The system also delivers fast, accurate treatments in just a few minutes per day. And it performs accuracy checks every ten milliseconds throughout the treatment.

 TrueBeam to Replace Cyberknife.  The new TrueBeam technology replaces the Cyberknife.  When installed in 2005, The University of Tennessee Medical Center had the only Cyberknife treatment unit in the region.  It was the 23rd unit put in use in the United States. The Cyberknife unit was removed from service at the end of 2016, as the medical center prepared to install the new system. The Radiation Oncology Department began treating patients with the new TrueBeam device in May 2017.

 Frameless Is More Comfortable.  The system offers a frameless radiosurgery. When patients are treated for tumors or brain conditions, they are fitted with a non-invasive mask rather than a head frame that has to be screwed into the skull. The mask helps keep patients both still and comfortable during treatment.

During surgery, three closed-circuit television systems let the therapist monitor the patient at all times. Music can be played during treatment, helping to make the patient more comfortable, too.

The Best Options for Cancer Patients.  In addition to radiosurgery on the TrueBeam unit, the medical center’s Radiation Oncology department offers many other forms of advanced cancer treatments. These treatments include image-guided radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, RapidArc radiotherapy technology, 3D conformal radiotherapy, Gated RapidArc and low- and high-dose brachytherapy.  

This wide variety of treatments gives patients life-changing options, allowing doctors to tailor each patient’s radiotherapy to fit their needs.

For more information about radiation oncology services at the Cancer Institute, please call 865-305-9040.