Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy is a form of cancer treatment that uses high-energy particles to destroy cancer cells in an effort to keep them from spreading within the body. Radiation therapy is a very common treatment for cancer and can be used alone or with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or surgery. Our radiation oncology program features highly skilled, compassionate medical professionals and state-of-the-art equipment, including New Mexico's only Perfexion Gamma Knife.

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3D BiPlane

BiPlane imaging provides a detailed 3D portrait of the patient's blood vessels and soft tissue anatomy. It also allows doctors to map blood flow through vessels in real time.

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4DCT Big Bore

CT Big Bore offers advanced tools for radiation planning with a bore size or 85cm, allowing the imaging of patients for treatment planning with breast and lung cancer who need to hold their arms above their head. The 4D component gives the ability to image tumors that move with breathing and know their location at any point in time, allowing for more precise treatment planning, translating into less toxicity.

Gamma Knife

Building on Leksell Gamma Knife® precision and adding new technology, Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™ gives clinicians the option to perform single or fractionated frame-based or frameless treatments, allowing for more individualized delivery—without sacrificing precision and accuracy.

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This nuclear imaging technique combines position tomography (PET) and computer tomography (CT) into one machine. A technician injects a glucose solution into a vein, which moves throughout the body during the scan, allowing the radiologist to get a more detailed picture of cancerous tissues. The images are captured in a single scan, providing a high level of accuracy, while cutting imaging time and radiation exposure in half.

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Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT)

Radioembolization (Y-90) offers targeted treatment for inoperable tumors. SIRT directs treatment to the tumor site by using beads loaded with high-dose radiation. This approach also reduces damage to healthy tissues by targeting the radiation exposure exclusively to the tumor.

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SpaceOAR (organ at risk) System is a temporary injectable gel that protects the rectum in men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer. SpaceOAR System is placed in a patient prior to radiation therapy through a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure. It is the first and only prostate cancer spacing device to recieve FDA clearance. SpaceOAR hydrogel can be used with all radiation therapy modalities.

Tomo Therapy

The TomoTherapy system is designed to safely and routinely deliver image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IG-IMRT) for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. The smaller radiation beams, combines with the unique helical delivery method, enable clinicians to deliver a more customized and precise treatment plan.

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The linear accelerator treatment machine, the Varian 21iX, is capable of intensity-modulated radiation therapy and image-guided radiation therapy. It has on-board imaging and Cone Beam CT, allowing physicians to verify patient position and tumor position at the time of treatment. It also offers Real-Time Position Management (RPM) for respiratory gating.

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