The linear accelerator is the radiation therapy treatment machine. At the SOMC Cancer Center, our linear accelerator is state-of-the-art featuring a digital imager that allows for a clear view of the patient’s treatment area, increasing accuracy.
The linear accelerator also features the revolutionary IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy), a powerful tool in the fight against cancer. IMRT delivers a more precise dose of radiation to the tumor while protecting outlying tissue.
How does the linear accelerator work?
With IMRT, the patient is placed on the linear accelerator treatment couch where a beam of radiation is focused on and delivered to the tumor. The radiation beam itself is shaped by 80 computer-controlled “leaves” that can be customized to shape the radiation beam. The pinpoint accuracy allows the dose of radiation to the tumor to be maximized while healthy tissue is spared. Side effects during treatment are also minimized.
Who do you call if you have questions?
Call the SOMC Cancer Center at (740) 356-7490 or toll free 1-888-722-8787, or e-mail us if you have questions.
Address & Directions
SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane. Portsmouth, OH 45662
Join Us on Facebook
Fighting Cancer in Your Community. Join now