CyberKnife of Long Island Uses Robotics to Fight Cancer

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CyberKnife of Long Island Uses Robotics to Fight Cancer

CyberKnife of Long Island announced that the facility is helping cancer patients fight tumors with state-of-the-art radiosurgery technology.




Richard Byrnes, MD, the center's Medical Director, said, "The advanced technology behind CyberKnife uses real-time image guidance technology and computer controlled robotics to deliver an extremely precise dose of radiation to the tumor, avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue and adjusting for patient and tumor movement during treatment."


According to Accuray - the creators of the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System - the solution offers cancer patients a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney. The treatment delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy.


Traditionally, radiosurgery systems that deliver precise high-dose radiation directly to a tumor have been used to treat cancers affecting the brain. This usually required the use of rigid frames that were screwed into the patient's skull. By leveraging continual image-guidance technology with a compact linear accelerator that has the ability to move in three dimensions according to the treatment plan, doctors can use CyberKnife to target tumors anywhere in the body, and from different directions, so as to avoid damaging healthy organs with targeted radiation.


Accuray's CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System has been installed all across the globe in medical institutions from Japan and South Korea to India, Turkey, Canada, and in treatment centers across the United States.


As of April, the company's equipment had been used to treat over 50,000 cancer patients worldwide.

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