Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is committed to providing the highest standard of care and offering our patients the most up-to-date, leading edge radiation treatment technology in the nation. Many innovative practices that have improved radiation-based imaging and treatment technology are a result of collaboration between the Center’s physicians and medical physicists. These scientists are finding new ways to use technology to enhance patient care.
Gamma Knife Icon is a noninvasive and innovative radiosurgery technology for the treatment of primary brain tumors, brain metastases and other central nervous system conditions. The Icon is now treating patients at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center in Baton Rouge, La.
The latest, most sophisticated cancer treatment system available, Elekta Versa HD, is now available at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. Versa HD can significantly reduce treatment times and decrease the number of treatments, enhancing the patient experience.
Additionally, Versa HD leverages the latest advances in technology to enable treatment of traditionally challenging cases. The system’s patented technology provides superior conformance to tumor size, shape and volume, allowing Cancer Center clinicians to administer higher dose rates in less time, which can enhance treatment effectiveness while protecting critical structures such as the heart, spine or bladder. With Versa HD’s more conformal treatments, it significantly limits normal tissue exposure and decreases side effects, which not only manages a patient’s cancer, but also minimizes the impact of treatment on their quality of life.
For more information on Versa HD, please read our press release.
The Infinity is a radiation treatment system with VMAT (volumetric modulated arc therapy), an advanced IMRT (intensity-modulated radiation therapy) technique that enables delivery of high doses of radiation to the tumor while minimizing effects on surrounding normal tissues. The Infinity is one of the most advanced linear accelerator available, with tools that allow us to personalize treatment and support the accuracy of its delivery.
For more information on Elekta Infinity, please read our press release.
Because diagnostic imaging plays a critical role in initial cancer diagnosis, treatment planning and palliative therapies, the 8,149-square-foot Thomas J. Moran Imaging Center offers the latest in diagnostic technologies, including digital X-ray, CT, nuclear medicine, SPECT/CT, PET/CT and MRI. We also have plans to expand services in the near future to include fluoroscopy, mammography, and ultrasound. The Imaging Center is named after throat and lung cancer survivor Thomas J. “T.J.” Moran, a grateful patient who was moved by the compassionate and expert care he received and made an initial $1 million donation. His gift inspired many others to give and led to the creation of the Heart of a Hero Honor and Memorial Program.
A type of therapy in which radiation is aimed at a tumor from many different directions. The patient lies on a table and is moved through a donut-shaped machine. The radiation source in the machine rotates around the patient in a spiral pattern. Before radiation, a 3-dimensional (3-D) image of the tumor is taken. This helps doctors find the highest dose of radiation that can be used to kill tumor cells while causing less damage to nearby tissue.
Novalis is a non-invasive radiation treatment machine designed to treat selected tumors and non-malignant conditions. This technology is the first to incorporate both precise shaping to conform to the target and image guidance using x-rays and infrared localization. It is specifically designed to treat small targets in the brain or other areas that require pinpoint precision. The Novalis is unique in that it can treat tumors located so close to sensitive normal structures that it would be dangerous to treat the tumor with standard radiation techniques (tumors very near the spinal cord). This is exceptionally beneficial in situations where the region has previously irradiated.
The daVinci Surgical System allows surgeons to perform procedures laparoscopically instead of a more traditional open approach. It is used for prostate removal, kidney removal and certain complex head and neck procedures such as removing tumors from the base of the tongue or removing stones from saliva glands. We are the only Cancer Center in the area using the daVinci Surgical System for these types of procedures.
Some benefits of using the System for minimally invasive surgery include: high-definition 3D vision and unparalled precision and ability to fully manipulate small objects through a small space, provided by the system’s EndoWrist instrumentation.