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TomoTherapy® System at Rex Cancer Center

TomoTherapy® combines imaging technology and radiation into a single device to provide increased accuracy and precision. By utilizing 3D imaging to pinpoint a tumor's exact location, TomoTherapy allows radiation to be delivered to that precise location while minimizing the risks to the surrounding tissues and organs.  As a result, a patient may experience fewer side effects.

Rex Cancer Center and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center are leaders in using this sophisticated technology.  Both centers operate two of only three TomoTherapy machines located in North Carolina.

During TomoTherapy treatment, the machine rotates completely around a patient in the same way as a CT scanner.  The image captured shows the exact location of the tumor and allows for radiation to be targeted to that area.  Imaging can be done daily, which allows radiation to be adjusted more frequently to target the problem area. By delivering the radiation from many directions, the dose can line up more closely to match the three-dimensional shape of the tumor. No other radiation therapy machine offers this seamless integration between imaging and conformal therapy. 

TomoTherapy is particularly helpful for patients suffering from cancers of the:

  • Brain
  • Head and neck
  • Pelvis
  • Tumors that are close to sensitive organs and tissues

Benefits of TomoTherapy include:

  • Accuracy
  • Precision
  • Reduced radiation exposure to normal tissue

If you'd like to learn more about TomoTherapy or find out how to make an appointment, please call Rex/UNC Radiation Oncology at (919) 784-3018. 

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