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Latest Focused ‘Radiosugery’ Technology Featured in New Video

February 7, 2010

One of the biggest challenges in radiation therapy is being able to target the cancer-killing radiation precisely to the tumor while protecting the healthy surrounding tissue. The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has recently opened a new suite for “stereotactic radiosurgery,” which uses the latest generation in radiation therapy technology.

Drs. Fen Xia and Anthony Cmelak observe as a patient is positioned for stereotactic radiosurgery for her tumor.

This system, called Novalis TX, offers precision to the millimeter — about the width of a fingernail. And it offers this precision in much shorter treatment sessions than other decade-old technology that is more widely available and marketed.

In this new video, Dr. Reid Thompson, chair of Neurosugery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Dr. Arnold Malcolm, interim chair of Radiation Oncology, along with Adrian Newson, director of radiation therapy programs, discuss this new treatment and how it fits into Vanderbilt-Ingram’s approach of “personalized medicine.”

  • You can also read about this new technology in the VUMC Reporter.
  • See here an interview by WSMV-Channel 4 with one of the first patients who underwent this new approach to fighting cancer.
  • Click here to learn more about our Radiation Oncology services, including our convenient locations in Clarksville and Franklin, Tenn., as well as our midtown Nashville facility on Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s main campus.