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ExacTrac® - Surface Guidance Radiation Therapy (SGRT) Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) for Treating Breast Cancer

Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) Regional Cancer Center (RCC) Radiation Oncology at Mary Washington Hospital is proud to offer ExacTrac® – Advanced Surface-Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT) for highly precise breast cancer treatment.

Radiation therapy is a primary form of breast cancer treatment. Many breast cancer patients will require radiation therapy during some phase of their cancer care. A treatment team comprised of a radiation oncologist, registered radiation therapists, oncology nurses, a medical physicist and a dosimetrist work together to ensure the most effective treatment for each patient. Radiation Oncology at Mary Washington Hospital now offers an advanced treatment approach called ExacTrac® Surface-Guided Radiation Therapy or SGRT.

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Patient Benefits

With ExacTrac® SGRT Mary Washington Hospital offers breast patients:

  • Painless treatment performed on an outpatient basis
  • Treatment delivery in minutes
  • Treatment that adapts to minor movements, tracks the patient’s breath hold, and minimizes potential treatment errors
  • Precise treatment, minimizing radiation damage to normal tissue (heart and lung)

The Technology and Treatment

ExacTrac® SGRT enables physicians to deliver treatment to breast patients with great accuracy and potentially improved patient outcomes. Traditionally, small shifts in patient movement or radiation beam alignment could result in damage to healthy lung or heart tissue. ExacTrac® SGRT technology decreases the chance of this damage by using high-resolution x-rays, thermal detection, and surface guidance to position the patient for treatment, track patient movement and monitor the breath hold.

This feature is called Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH).

The patient breath hold is recorded during their planning session prior to treatment. The recording of the breath hold during treatment is seen by both the patient and the radiation therapists delivering the treatment. If the patient moves or loses the breath hold, the surface guidance will detect the change in body position and interrupt treatment so that movement or breath hold can be corrected for treatment to proceed.

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