TrueBeam is a game-changing leap in innovation in radiotherapy technology.
Cancer treatments are changing. The TrueBeam™ system is the latest
advance in radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems. Developed
from the ground up to deliver powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint
accuracy and precision, TrueBeam opens the door to new possibilities for
the treatment of challenging cases such as cancers in the lung, breast,
abdomen, and head and neck as well as other cancers that are treatable
Treatments can be performed with unparalleled ease, precision and speed.
In fact, most treatments take just a few minutes a day. As well as allowing
for a more comfortable experience for patients with less time on the treatment
couch, faster delivery also allows for reduced chances of patient motion
TrueBeam was designed with many features that can improve the overall patient
experience. With shorter treatment times and quieter operation, TrueBeam
provides for a more comfortable environment for patients. Enhanced communication
technology enables a constant interaction between the patient and the
therapist who operates the equipment. Three closed-circuit television
systems enable the therapist to monitor the patient at all times. Music
can be played during treatment, helping to increase patient comfort.
The new TrueBeam™ system from Varian Medical Systems is an advanced
radiotherapy technology for treating cancer. Opening up treatment options
for people with cancer, it targets tumors with accuracy measured in millimeters.
With its power and flexibility, clinicians can develop treatments that
are best suited for patients' individual circumstances.
How does it work?
TrueBeam combines imaging, beam delivery and sophisticated motion management
to accurately and precisely target tumors with speed.
Here are some quick facts:
- TrueBeam rotates around the patient to deliver a prescribed radiation dose
from nearly any angle.
- An accessory called a multileaf collimator (or MLC) is what shapes the
beam. It has 120 computer-controlled "leaves" or "fingers"
that create apertures of different shapes and sizes. The leaves sculpt
the beam to match the 3-D shape of the tumor. These can move and change
during treatment to target the tumor and minimize dose to the surrounding
- TrueBeam's additional functionality provides for the acquisition of
a cone-beam CT, a form of CT, using 25% less X-ray dose than compared
with earlier Varian image-guided technologies. This means patients can
be exposed to less X-rays/radiation.
- Real-time imaging tools allow clinicians to "see" the tumor they
are about to treat. This gives them confidence, and they can target tumors
with accuracy measured in millimeters.
- TrueBeam can be used for many forms of advanced treatment techniques including
image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)
and RapidArc® radiotherapy technology. Because of this, patients can
receive the treatment that is best suited for their specific clinical
Benefits of TrueBeam
TrueBeam from Varian Medical Systems is an advanced radiotherapy system
that opens up treatment options for some of the most complex cancers in
areas such as the head and neck, lung, breast, abdomen and liver. The
TrueBeam system's advanced imaging and powerful treatment modes allow
doctors to tailor treatments specific to your particular cancer.
Treatments with Varian's TrueBeam are fast. Most can be given within
just minutes a day. Treatments that once took 10 to 30 minutes can now
be completed in less than two minutes. In addition to enabling a more
comfortable experience for the patient with less time on the treatment
couch, faster delivery also allows for reduced chances of tumor motion
during treatment, which helps protect nearby healthy tissue and critical organs.
Before and at any point during a treatment, the TrueBeam system can generate
the three-dimensional images used to fine-tune tumor targeting in much
less time (and with less X-rays) than was possible with earlier Varian
technologies. These images can be used to fine-tune a patient's position
prior to and during the treatment process.
TrueBeam was also designed to enhance the patient experience. Thanks to
an advanced communications system, the therapist running the system can
be in constant contact with you. It's almost as if they are there
in the treatment room with you. And as part of this enhancement, TrueBeam
has a music feature, which enables music to be played during treatment.
TrueBeam is a powerful system that opens up treatment options for complex cancers
TrueBeam is fast and precise
TrueBeam was developed to address patient comfort
TrueBeam radiotherapy is not appropriate for all cancers. Serious side
effects, including fatigue and skin irritation, can occur. Treatment times
may vary. Ask your doctor if TrueBeam treatment is right for you.