Wide-Bore CT Simulator Benefits Cancer Treatment Planning at St. Mary Medical Center Radiation oncology services at the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center continue to expand with with the addition of a Wide-Bore CT simulator. This new equipment, a multi-slice computed topography scanner with specialized features, helps doctors plan the course of radiation therapy before treatment begins.
Dr. Robert Cardinale and Radiation Therapist
Kris Spadaccino view patient images during a CT scan.
"This advanced CT simulator enhances radiation treatment planning and offers advantages to patients and physicians from a quality and service perspective," said Robert Cardinale, MD, Medical Director, Radiation Oncology.
The new CT simulator works to enhance treatment planning with:
- A shortened planning period, which enables treatment to begin sooner
- Provision of all radiation oncology services in one location, making treatment more convenient for patients
- Ability to accommodate large patients and position patients for improved image quality
- Ability for doctors to see precisely where a tumor is located and readily account for any tumor motion related to breathing or organ movement as they prepare for a patient's radiation treatment
The Wide-Bore CT simulator is used along with a linear accelerator and special computer software to plan intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for treatment of solid-tumor cancers in all sites of the body, including the prostate, breast, abdomen and head and neck.
The acquisition of the Wide-Bore CT simulator was made possible through the efforts of the St. Mary Foundation.