Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Technology
The Payson Center for Cancer Care uses some of the most advanced medical technology to diagnose and treat cancer.
Digital mammography specifically enhances the ability of physicians and staff to better detect cancer in women under 50 years of age, with dense breast tissue, and who are pre-menopausal;
- Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a complementary diagnostic tool to digital mammography and ultrasound that is used to more effectively detect breast disease;
- The Brilliance CT Big Bore Scanner System, used in radiation treatment planning, captures cross-sectional images of a tumor that are later used to plan the treatment fields and dosage in each field. With the large 85-centimeter opening (bore) and a 60-centimeter field of view, the simulator offers increased clinical accuracy, speed and comfort for patients;
- Radiation therapy with the Clinac 21EX machine. have several features that improve the method radiation therapy is delivered including multi-field conformal therapy, where the radiation beam conforms to the size and shape of the target, and intensity modulated radiation therapy that helps to avoid critical structures;
- Intensity modulated Radiation therapy allows physicians and staff to more accurately pinpoint tumors and deliver targeted therapies while sparing normal tissue;
- Image guided radiation therapy with on-board imaging allows physicians and staff to increase accuracy of radiation treatment while targeting a specific area and sparing normal tissue;
- The 3D ultrasound targeting system allows physicians and staff greater precision and accuracy in treating prostate cancer.