Prisma Health offers advanced radiation technology that many other centers do not have. Some examples are …
- FACT Brachytherapy, which, by localizing radiation to target tumors in the eye, minimizes damage and delivers better outcomes. This procedure is available in the Upstate only at Prisma Health.
- FACT Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), which provides a course of prostate cancer therapy in five treatments using TrueBeam technology. TrueBeam and the cyberknife, which many consumers have heard of, are equivalent in terms of function and cure rates. Prisma Health chooses to use TrueBeam because of these advantages: It is a much faster treatment and takes less time each day; it can evaluate the bladder and rectal filling, potentially decreasing side effects; it is more versatile and can treat the lymph nodes if needed.
- FACT Calypso, a radiofrequency beacon technology, which allows for the implantation of tiny radio beacons into a patient to position him or her with sub-millimetric accuracy for radiation treatment—Calypso does not require ionizing radiation (like X-rays) to localize and position a patient for daily treatment. Calypso beacons can be implanted in the prostate and soft tissues of the abdomen (such as the liver). Pending FDA approval, use of Calypso with lung treatment will allow for delivery of high doses of radiation to smaller lung-and-body volume for the accurate treatment of lung cancers. With lung treatment, Calyspo antenna can detect the rhythmic breathing motion, track the lung beacons and regulate the treatment beam with off/on commands. Prisma Health alone in the Upstate offers this technology.
- FACT SpaceOAR, a temporary (90-day) dissolving hydrogel implant, which is used to push the rectum away from the prostate during prostate radiotherapy treatment. This new technology is a game-changer for prostate treatment by helping prevent rectal toxicity that can be a result of radiation necrosis.
- FACT The Optical Surface Monitoring System (also known as Vision RT), which uses an optical camera system to monitor patient positioning that enables radiation therapy to be applied with more precision
- FACT Linear accelerators, which are used in the treatment of cancer (Prisma Health has the most in the Upstate)