JULY 2009

NEWS SHORTS
 

New Tool Delivers Higher Doses of Radiation in Less Time

The UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology is the first center in Los Angeles to install the Novalis Tx, a new, state-of-the-art, imageguided device that provides more accurate, concentrated doses of radiation, allowing patients to be treated in fewer visits with fewer side effects.

The Novalis Tx tracks the location of tumors during breathing and other movement, allowing physicians to pinpoint the location of the cancerous tissue.

“In some cases, the Novalis Tx can reduce the period of radiation needed from six weeks of daily treatments to just three to five days because of the high doses that can be delivered using the SBRT approach,” says Percy Lee, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology at UCLA and director of the stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) program.

To watch a video about the Novalis Tx, go to: http://streaming.uclahealth.org/novalistx