Technology

our equipment matches our dedication

We are committed to providing our patients with the best treatment possible. That not only means having a highly-skilled and experienced staff, but also utilizing industry-leading equipment.

Radiation Therapy

At SFPTI, we use the TrueBeam® radiotherapy system by Varian to administer radiation treatment. The TrueBeam® is an advanced medical linear accelerator (Linac) that is fully integrated for image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery, and is designed to treat tumors with tremendous speed and accuracy.

TrueBeam® is able to treat cancer anywhere in the body. With the ability to treat quickly while also delivering highly-precise dose rates, TrueBeam® has become a preferred system among radiation oncologists.

TrueBeam® is capable of delivering a wide spectrum of advanced treatment modalities including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT); stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT); and RapidArc® radiotherapy, a form of volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT); high-precision Stereotactic Radiosurgery with HyperArcTM; improved soft-tissue visualization via iterative Cone-Beam CT (iCBCT); and enhancements to intrafraction motion management techniques that ensure treatments are delivered exactly as planned.

At SFPTI, we use the Edge® Radiosurgery System from Varian, which allows our team to track a patient’s tumor in real time, precisely calculate patient movement in all six degrees of freedom, and monitor respiratory motion. By integrating the highest dose rate (2400 MU per minute) with non-ionizing, direct and real-time guidance for target location, the Edge® makes it possible to pinpoint the target and deliver highly focused treatments in fewer sessions and at a noticeably faster rate, while minimizing the dose received by surrounding healthy tissues.

The ability to accurately deliver targeted treatments and manage tumor motion is driving growth in Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS). A 108% increase in SRS utilization for brain cancer treatments is predicted over the next 10 years, and SRS treatment volume is expected to grow 93% and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) volume is expected to grow 144% within that span.

Using technology designed for radiosurgical ablation, the Edge® represents an evolution in the way advanced radiosurgery is delivered and cancer is treated.


Proton Therapy

Beginning in summer 2019, SFPTI will have the ability to treat patients with the ProBeam® Compact single-room proton therapy solution from Varian. The first of its kind in the U.S., the ProBeam® Compact allows us to take the next step in revolutionizing cancer care by delivering ultra-effective, high-quality proton therapy treatment plans.

By using proton therapy, we are able to better target and destroy cancer cells, while minimizing the risk to surrounding healthy cells and tissue. This approach is a true game-changer when it comes to treating cancer, and the results are remarkable. We at SFPTI are grateful to offer this tremendous treatment plan to our patients and those in the South Florida community.

In addition to making proton therapy more accessible, the ProBeam® Compact single-room solution has other key advantages as well. It requires significantly less space than a multi-room center and can be installed in an area about the size of a tennis court or approximately 20 parking spaces. By reducing cost and space requirements, it proves to be a more feasible option for existing cancer centers.

The ProBeam® Compact also offers intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) with state-of-the-art technology without compromising the clinical application or ease of use that radiation oncology clinicians rely upon.

There are four primary components to the ProBeam® Compact single-room proton therapy solution:

Superconducting Cyclotron

This isochronous superconducting cyclotron uses electromagnetic waves to accelerate proton beams.

Beam Transport System

The ProBeam® beam transport system focuses and shapes the beam and guides it to the treatment room, creating the small beam size necessarily for IMPT and enabling clinicians to target very small spots across the full energy range.

360-degree Rotating Gantry

The gantry rotates 190 degrees in each direction, offering 360-degree treatment rotations around the patient. This allows treatment at any angle while minimizing the need to reposition the patient. It is easier for the patient, and allows faster, more efficient treatment times than other proton delivery solutions.

Patient Treatment Room

The sophisticated patient positioning system moves in all directions.