- The goal of radiotherapy is to kill cancerous cells in a tumor while sparing surrounding healthy tissue.
- Proton and ion beams offer a great advantage over conventional X-rays, because they deposit their radiation selectively over a very narrow region in depth within a patient's body.
- The emerging new technique of Pencil Beam Scanning makes this advantage 3-dimensional: a narrow ion beam is scanned in depth and in lateral position to allow precise 3-D painting of a tumor volume, while minimizing damage to nearby healthy organs.
- In clinical applications, Pencil Beam Scanning requires innovative instrumentation and accompanying software to commission the beams, to provide Quality Assurance for each patient's treatment plan, and to monitor the profile of the radiation dose as it is delivered.
Phenix Medical is dedicated to developing the innovative technology to meet the demands, while reducing the cost, of Pencil Beam Scanning!