ExacTrac Dynamic by BrainLab is a comprehensive imaging system used by Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care that improves the precision of radiation therapy. This technology accounts for the continual motion of a patient’s anatomy ensuring that radiation treatment is delivered with greater accuracy and effectiveness.
How it Works
A patient’s internal anatomy is constantly in motion. For example, a patient’s prostate rotates down as the bladder fills, and is pushed up if gas passes through the rectum. Internal motion can happen quickly, and it is important for clinicians to account for this motion to avoid the potential for missing cancer and over-treating normal tissues.
Traditionally, radiation therapy for cancer treatment uses a combination of external markers (such as markers on the skin) and imaging scans to make sure radiation is delivered to the right place inside a patient’s body.
With ExacTrac Dynamic technology, clinicians are able to more accurately deliver treatment due to the additional views from both outside and inside a patient’s body that are incorporated. Doctors are able to see a patient’s shape, temperature, movement, and anatomy in real-time with the help of high-resolution surface and thermal imaging. Having a multifaceted view of the patient ensures the radiation is staying on target throughout the course of treatment.
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Brain tumors
Patients treated with ExacTrac Dynamic may experience shorter, more targeted treatments which may decrease the risk of both short-term and long-term side effects. This means patients could feel better, faster and with less impact on their long-term health.