Radiation Oncology Technology and Services
The Department strives to provide exceptional patient care by delivering state of the art radiotherapy services in a compassionate, personalized, efficient and value-based manner, that is grounded by expertise and experience with the latest oncologic and radiotherapeutic principles and practices.
Equipment in the Department of Radiation Oncology
The equipment listed here is available within the Radiation Oncology Program in the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Health system. All equipment is available for medical and physics residents, physics faculty, physician faculty and medical staff for use in the treatment of patients, creation of treatment plans, and the instruction of medical and physics students and residents.
- 1 Elekta Unity high-field MR-Linac
- 1 Elekta Versa HD Linacs
- 3 Elekta Infinity Linacs
- 3 Artiste Linacs (2 with CT-on-Rail, all with 4D/gating, 1 Dual-energy CT)
- 1 ONCOR Linac
- 1 Accuray Radixact with Synchrony
- 1 Elekta Gamma Knife Icon
- 1 Sensus superficial x-ray unit
- 1 Elekta Flexitron® HDR brachytherapy system
- 3D scanning systems (one at each site)
- A variety of ionization chambers, TLD and diode systems and readout instruments
- A variety of anthropomorphic, solid water, 4D phantoms
Radiation Oncology Services by Radiation Therapy Modality
The use of the latest technological advancements in high-precision Image-Guided Adaptive Radiation Therapy - including High-field MR-Linac, Radixact™ tomotherapy with Synchrony motion tracking, in room CT-on-rails, Gamma Knife ICON™, 3T MR simulation, Dual-source dual-energy CT simulation, MR guided brachytherapy - enable our faculty and staff to provide patients with precise and personalized therapy that increases tumor control, minimizes treatment side effects and improves quality of life.
MRI-Guided Adaptive Radiation Therapy (ART)
(Left: Pancreatic cancer treated with MR-guided ART)
Real-Time Motion Tracking
In collaboration with Accuray Inc., FH-MCW is the first clinic in the world to use Accuray’s Synchrony technology for real time motion tracking during radiation therapy delivery. This motion management dramatically reduces the need for large target margins which have traditionally been used to compensate for the motion. As a result, the amount of healthy tissue exposed to radiation is reduced, minimizing the incidence of side effects.
Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
At the Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin, the delivery of SBRT involves in 4DCT or MRI based treatment planning, online MRI or CT guidance using MR-Linac, Radixact tomotherapy, Versa HD linac with cone beam CT, or Artise linac with CT-on-Rails, real-time motion tracking, respiration gating, and Optical (VisionRT) motion monitoring.