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Ogden Regional Medical Center
Offers Cancer Patients Most Advanced Radiation Treatments

Ogden, Utah (March 19, 2012) – Ogden Regional Medical Center and Gamma West Cancer Services have opened a new TomoTherapy® Cancer Treatment Center in Ogden, Utah. Now, residents of Weber County and surrounding areas have local access to the most advanced radiation-therapy treatment for cancer, the Accuray TomoTherapy Hi-Art® System. Ogden Regional Medical Center is one of only five Utah hospitals and two treatment centers offering its significant capabilities and advantages to patients.

“We researched several options and concluded that this technology is different and unique, essentially a step above the rest,” explains Mark Adams, chief executive officer at Ogden Regional Medical Center. “It pinpoints the radiation exactly, which minimizes damage to healthy tissues and reduces side effects. Our patients will benefit tremendously from TomoTherapy treatments.”

The TomoTherapy System is located at Ogden Regional Medical Center, where cancer treatment experts will utilize to treat a wide variety of cancers, from the most common to the most complex. This advanced technology combines integrated computerized tomography (CT) imaging with conformal radiation therapy to deliver sophisticated radiation treatments with speed and precision. Key among its benefits for patients is its ability to significantly reduce radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.

The public is invited to an open house for Ogden Regional Medical Center and Gamma West Cancer Services TomoTherapy Treatment Center

Date:                     Thursday, March 22

Time:                    10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

                                Ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m.

Location:             5475 S. 500 E. in Ogden, Utah

The primary inventor and designer of the TomoTherapy Hi-Art System, Rock Mackie, M.D., will address guests at the ribbon cutting ceremony. He will also join hospital physicians and the clinical team who will be on hand to answer attendee questions and demonstrate the technology.

“By combining image guidance and the most precise delivery pattern possible, TomoTherapy optimizes the tools of radiation therapy, while simplifying the process,” says Dr. Rock Mackie. “Patients benefit greatly, and we make life easier on our treatment center partners, too. That’s why each new installation is so rewarding for us; and this one is certainly no exception.”

The TomoTherapy Hi-Art® System is a fully integrated radiation therapy solution. As it revolves in a 360° radius around a patient, its powerful CT scanner combines with an intensity-modulated delivery system to more effectively target the radiation therapy. Guided by built-in 3D imaging capabilities, clinicians can precisely treat tumors from all angles while sparing normal, healthy tissue and reducing side-effects for patients. During subsequent treatments on the same patient, clinicians utilize newly acquired CT images to consistently and accurately deliver the intended radiation dosage from one day to the next.

The TomoTherapy Hi-Art System is unique in its ability to modulate a single beam of radiation into tens of thousands of smaller “beamlets,” which are delivered in a helical pattern from any point in the 360° radius. As a result, radiation doses conform to the tumors and avoid critical organs like never before—which can mean improved outcomes, fewer side effects and a higher quality of life for patients.

This advanced technology enables the development of sophisticated and personalized patient treatment plans. Here is a description of how it works:

  1. Before each treatment, the patient reclines while moving through the technology. It conducts a CT scan and the resulting “CTrue” images verify the shape, size and location of the tumor.
  2. The daily CTrue images are compared to the original planning CT image. If necessary, clinicians can immediately make adjustments to the plan and patient set-up.
  3. The patient then moves through the TomoTherapy Hi-Art system again while the targeted radiation therapy is delivered.
  4. Each treatment takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

About Ogden Regional Medical Center

Ogden Regional Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in Utah to achieve the 2010/2011 Maternity Care Excellence Award from HealthGrades, a national healthcare rating organization. Our 176-bed hospital is a Level II Trauma Center and a Certified Stroke Center. In 2011, it was ranked among the top 15 percent in the nation for excellence in stroke treatment by HealthGrades. Ogden Regional Medical Center is the only hospital, among nine hospitals in Utah recognized with the 2010 HealthInsight Quality Award.

This hospital is part of the MountainStar Healthcare system, along with the only satellite emergency department in Utah, Lone Peak Emergency Center, as well as Brigham City Community Hospital, Lakeview Hospital, St. Mark’s Hospital, Timpanogos Regional Hospital, and Mountain View Hospital in Utah/ It also includes Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, West Valley Medical Center (Boise), Alaska Regional Hospital and a growing number of physician, surgery and imaging centers.

About Gamma West Cancer Services

Gamma West Cancer Services is based in Salt Lake City, Utah with 8 clinics from St. George to Ogden, Utah. Gamma West was founded by John K. Hayes, Jr., MS, MD, a pioneer in the delivery of radiation therapy using brachytherapy (radiation treatment given by placing a radioactive seed directly in or near the tumor). Today, Gamma West is one of the largest providers of brachytherapy treatments (by volume) in the United States. Gamma West combines TomoTherapy and Brachytherapy as appropriate to provide patients with the greatest opportunity for cure.

About Accuray

Accuray is the premier radiation oncology company that develops, manufactures and sells personalized innovative treatment solutions that set the standard of care, with the aim of helping patients live longer, better lives. The Company’s leading-edge technologies – the CyberKnife and TomoTherapy Systems – are designed to deliver radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy and adaptive radiation therapy.