Augusta Health was one of the first hospitals in our area to offer Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT), which is a therapy delivery technique offering more precise treatment and reduced treatment times.
Minimizes radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissues
Due to the targeting available in the treatment, the beam is concentrated in the needed location, at the cancer cells, and minimizes exposure to neighboring healthy cells. This is extremely helpful in treating small areas, like the prostate.
Shorter Treatment Time
VMAT drastically reduces treatment times, by one-half to two-thirds. This improves patient safety because the exposure to radiation is lessened.
Increased patient comfort
Due to the shorter treatment times, patients no longer have to lie through a 30 minute, or more, treatment. Many times patients are treated in less than 5 minutes, which is less time laying on the treatment table.
How VMAT Works
VMAT therapy utilizes single, or multiple, radiation beams to treat in uninterrupted arcs around the patient. Depending on the size and placement on tumors, VMAT allows doctors the option of partial or full arc treatments, more precisely targeting the tumors. 3D imaging is another feature of VMAT technology, which increases the precision of treatment by maximizing the dose to the targeted area and minimizing the dose to nearby healthy areas. With this treatment you know you're getting a cutting-edge treatment right here in our local hospital.
Warren Ramp is a patient who is now undergoing radiation therapy treatment by our VMAT machine. He describes his treatment, "Because the beam is constantly moving only the tissue that is being treated is receiving treatment, which means my other tissues are minimally affected. Dr. Kyler said I'm a poster child for the treatment because I haven't had side effects from his treatment."