The Palo Alto Medical Foundation has a new X-ray machine that can treat brain tumors and other cancers with greater accuracy than before, foundation officials say.
The medical foundation is the first health care organization in the world, its officials say, to have what's called a high-definition multileaf collimator, used for radiosurgery. The device uses high-energy X-rays to precisely target tumors.
The technology is for non-invasive cancer treatment that avoids the potential difficulties and patient discomfort of traditional surgery.
Patients could previously undergo radiosurgery but the new technology is much faster, foundation officials say, along with being more precise.
"Previously when receiving radiosurgery, a patient would have to lie as still as possible for up to one hour or more," Dr. Pauling Chang, a foundation radiation oncologist, said. "Not only was this uncomfortable for patients, but longer treatment times also makes patient movement more likely, which can impact treatment accuracy."
"With this radiosurgery system, treatment only takes a matter of minutes and can often be performed in a single session."