GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) — The Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales has installed new cancer technology.

According to a release, Mary Birds Perkins has invested in new radiation equipment to minimize the time needed for radiotherapy. The new system is called Elekta Infinity.

Elekta Infinity uses Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), a new way to deliver radiation treatment that shows significant improvements. With the new technology, the target area is exposed to radiation while the source of the radiation rotates around the patient.

“By bringing this state-of-the-art technology to our Gonzales center, we are providing our medical staff with even more options to ensure patients receive the most precise and beneficial treatment plans,” said Konstantin “Kos” Kovtun, M.D., radiation oncologist, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “As we continue to keep pace with the rapidly expanding area of precision medicine, our patients stand to benefit from expedited and tailored radiation therapies such as the Infinity.”

To prevent too much radiation exposure, Elekta Infinity uses low doses to make sure minimal dosage gets to critical structures. Doctors using the equipment can make doses that match the target area in less time than traditional techniques.

“Because the Elekta Infinity can target tumors aggressively without damaging healthy tissue, we are doing everything we can to minimize any additional impacts cancer treatment can have on our patient,” said Ryan Houston, cancer program administrator, at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales. “Lessening the burden of cancer is a focal point of our mission and the Infinity, combined with our physicians and team members’ expertise, helps make that a reality.”

The new system at the Cancer Center is already in use.

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