TomoTherapy of Madison, WI, recently announced that the company has developed the world’s first mobile radiation therapy system to bring cancer treatment to places otherwise underserved or to help clinics provide service while undergoing remodeling or during a facility relocation. The first customer is Artesian Cancer Centers out of Oklahoma that will be using the TomoMobile™ system while their new building in Muskogee is being built.
The TomoTherapy treatment system is ideally suited for placement in a mobile or relocatable environment because of a relatively compact profile that integrates imaging and delivery systems into a single, enclosed unit. The ring gantry design of the TomoTherapy system offers the same look and similar footprint of traditional computed tomography (CT) scanners, which are often deployed as mobile units. In addition, because of the TomoTherapy unit’s standard integral primary beam stop and extensive radiation head shielding, radiation leakage is reduced so that the further shielding required in the trailer is transportable.
The TomoTherapy platform also includes a treatment planning system, CT-based image guidance with automatic registration, automated machine and patient quality assurance tools and two versatile radiation delivery modalities for treating common, complex and rare cancers throughout the body.