The Chulabhorn Hospital in Bangkok has become the first hospital in Thailand to treat cancer patients with Varian Medical Systems’s TrueBeam device for image-guided radiotherapy.

Clinicians at the hospital treated the first patient earlier this year with stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), which delivers a high dose of radiation to the tumour from outside the body, without performing surgery.

Chulabhorn Hospital head of radiation oncology Kanyanee Laebua said the fast dose delivery can enhance precision by helping the clinicians minimise the extent of tumour motion during treatment.

"Shorter treatment times may help patients find treatments less stressful, since they must be immobilised for each procedure," said Laebua.

The treatment was delivered in six sessions over a two-week period and each session was completed in less time than is required with older technologies, hospital officials said.

The radiotherapy device can be used for all forms of radiotherapy methods, such as image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, volumetric intensity modulated arc therapy and stereotactic body radiotherapy.

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