TrueBeam Linear Accelerator
More precise, faster and more comfortable treatment of a variety of cancers.
What is it used for?
TrueBeam is an advanced radiotherapy system that opens up treatment options for some of the most complex cancers in areas such as the head and neck, lung, breast, abdomen and liver.
What are the benefits?
- Accuracy within a millimeter ensures precise treatment and minimizes radiation to healthy tissue
- Cone-beam CT means less exposure to X-ray, radiation
- Rotation around the patient allows treatment for nearly any angle
- Shorter treatment times and quieter operation allows greater comfort for patient
How does it work?
It uses a feature called a multileaf collimator, which sculpts the radiation beam to match the size of the tumor. Clinicians can see the tumor before and during the procedure and make adjustments. RapidArc technology monitors patient breathing and motion and ensures the treatment is focused at the center of the tumor.
How is this different?
UnityPoint Health - Methodist is the first in the area to offer this technology. Treatments that once took 10 to 30 minutes can now be given in less than two minutes. An advanced communication system allows the patient and therapist to be in constant contact.
I'm interested. What do I do now?
Linear accelerator treatment is not for every cancer patient. For more information, cancer patients should talk to their physician or call Methodist Radiation Oncology.