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Vertual brings the linac into the classroom

When pilots learn to fly a plane, they train on a flight simulator that artificially re-creates the aircraft environment – enabling them to hone their skills and practise expected and, importantly, unexpected flight scenarios with zero risk. So why not employ the same approach for radiotherapy? That’s the underlying premise of VERT (virtual environment for radiation therapy training) – a training simulator developed by UK Read More

World-class facility to treat cancer in pets

A new purpose-built radiation oncology facility for dogs and cats has officially opened its doors in Sydney, promising to revolutionise the treatment of cancer in pets. The groundbreaking facility, built by the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in North Ryde, boasts Australia’s first dedicated Veterinary Linear Accelerator with stereotactic capability. “We will be able to save and extend the lives of pets across the country as a result Read More

Radiotherapy: bridging the gap

A major effort is under way to develop innovative, robust and affordable medical linear accelerators for use in low- to middle-income countries. If you live in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC), your chances of surviving cancer are significantly lower than if you live in a wealthier economy. That’s largely due to the availability of radiation therapy (see The changing landscape of cancer therapy). Between Read More

New Breast Imaging Center Opens At St. Joseph Mercy Brighton

A Breast Imaging Center has opened at the St. Joseph Mercy Brighton health center, offering new cancer detection services. A ribbon cutting Thursday marked the grand opening of the 2,670- square-foot Breast Imaging Center, which is part of St. Joe’s $41 million investment into its Livingston County hospitals. The center offers services including 3-D Screening and Diagnostic Mammography, Breast Ultrasound and various biopsy options. St. Read More