New Radiation Therapy Unit
St. Petersburg, FL – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is opening a new Radiation Therapy Unit at its Bay Pines campus on March 21st.
Media, Veterans, and the general public are invited to attend the opening of the new unit
What: Bay Pines VA Radiation Therapy Unit Ribbon Cutting
When: March 21st at 10:00 a.m.
Location: 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, FL 33744
Featured Speakers: Congressman C.W. Bill Young, R-FL
Michael Hagan, M.D., Ph.D., National Director, VA Radiation Oncology Program
Some of the technology that will be used in the center includes Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) which is a high-precision radiotherapy that delivers precise radiation doses to specific areas within a tumor. The radiation dose is designed to conform to the shape of the tumor by focusing a higher radiation dose to the tumor while minimizing radiation exposure to surrounding tissues. RapidArc radiotherapy delivers treatments two to eight times faster than other treatments with increased precision. RapidArc delivers a precise dose that enables physicians to improve the standard of care and treat more patients.
Some of the cutting edge equipment that will be used in the center includes a Varian Trilogy Linear Accelerator, which is a radiation treatment machine and a Phillips large-bore CT-scanner, which is an imaging machine that is used to identify the tumor size and location in the body.
Media tours are available from 8:30-9:45 a.m. the day of the event.