Technology is constantly changing and improving, Chief Medical Physicist Dr. Jonas Fontenot at Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center said this machine is proof of that.
“Icon is sort of a paradigm shifter, and that it allows us to be able to achieve the same level of accuracy, but without the need for a head frame,” said Dr. Fontenot. “Instead, we use real time imaging and make real time positional corrections to the patient before and during treatment.”
It is called Gamma Knife Icon, and it is not here just yet, but in a couple of months, the Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will be able to bring this to patients in the Gulf South.
“The Icon will be the only one of it’s kind in the Gulf South. We do believe and expect that this technology will significantly improve the quality of care that patients with certain types of brain cancer,” said Dr. Fontenot.
Dr. Fontenot said now, people don’t have to go away from home to get the same treatment, and treating brain tumors isn’t the only thing it can do.
“I think what we’re really excited about is to push the envelope and discover new areas, new indications, new types of disease that would really benefit from treatment with this technology,” concluded Dr. Fontenot.
We are told a patient only has to go through this treatment once.
The Gamma Knife Icon is coming to the Cancer Center this fall. For more information about it, click here.