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Image-guided radiosurgery system for new Dublin hospital

7 February 2007

Dublin, Ireland. The newly opened Beacon Hospital in Sandyford, Dublin has ordered Europe’s first Trilogy Tx image-guided radiosurgery system from Varian Medical Systems.

The system will be installed in Beacon Cancer Centre, a partnership of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Cancer Centers and Triad Hospitals, Inc., located at Beacon Hospital. The new system will be in clinical use later this year as part of a comprehensive oncology program at Beacon Hospital that includes state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, day unit oncology and surgical services.

“The availability of stereotactic radiosurgery in Ireland will provide cancer patients with a new state-of-the-art option to treat their disease and enable patients who would have previously been referred overseas to remain in Ireland,” says Prof. John Armstrong, medical director of radiation oncology at the Beacon Cancer Centre.

“Brain metastases are rarely treated using radiosurgery in Ireland and patients with other smaller benign tumours should be given the option of radiosurgery more frequently,” adds Chris Mascott, head of clinical neurosciences at Beacon Hospital. “Now we will be able to change that situation. It puts us in the forefront of offering Irish cancer patients advanced and contemporary treatments.”

Image-guided radiosurgery (IGRS) involves taking 3D X-ray images to locate and target tumours with precisely focused, high-energy radiation beams. It is used increasingly as an alternative to conventional surgery and it is often used to eradicate malignant or benign tumours that are considered ‘inoperable’. Treatments can be carried out in up to five sessions.

It has recently been well-publicised that the 4.2 million population of the Republic of Ireland is greatly underserved in neurological and neurosurgical care.

The Trilogy Tx is flexible enough to carry out all other forms of radiotherapy, including advanced intensity modulated radiation (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) in any part of the body.

In addition to its application to cancer patients, Dr. Mascott said he is particularly looking forward to offering his patients image-guided radiosurgery to treat trigeminal neuralgia, vascular malformations and hypothalamic hamartomas presenting with epilepsy. “There are also new and exciting indications that will be worth pursuing,” he said. “The Trilogy will enable us to maximise accuracy and effectiveness for these kinds of neurological treatments.”

Beacon Hospital, an independent centre, opened to patients in November 2006. It is operated by Triad Hospitals, Inc., one of the largest hospital operators in the US and it has an academic affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Beacon Cancer Centre, scheduled to open later this year, is part of the UPMC Cancer Centers network, one of the largest clinical cancer networks in the US.

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