Orlando, FL. (September 12, 2016) – Orlando Health will soon begin providing a new therapy that allows oncologists to see the tumor they are treating continuously during radiation therapy. It’s a cancer-fighting technology called MRIdian® that will be installed at the new comprehensive cancer center being built at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Florida, in partnership with UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health.
The MRIdian System from ViewRay® Inc. (Nasdaq: VRAY) enables cancer specialists to deliver truly personalized and adaptive radiation therapy. It provides a unique combination of simultaneous radiation therapy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the treatment of cancer. With MRIdian, physicians will be able to directly view and track the tumor during treatment and adapt to changes in the tumor and surrounding tissue. Additionally, because it uses MRI technology instead of computed tomography (CT) scans, MRIdian is able to reduce the level of radiation exposure.
“As we open our new cancer center at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, we’re excited to be able to bring the benefits of MRI-guided radiation therapy to Central Florida,” said Dr. Daniel Buchholz, chairman of radiation oncology at Orlando Health. “The ability to track the movement of tumors and nearby anatomy in real time, and adjust our treatment plan to those changes, will allow us to more accurately target the tumor and spare surrounding healthy tissue, resulting in the best possible outcomes for our patients.”
Health Central Hospital is a full-service community hospital serving patients in west Orange County. The $30 million Cancer Center at Health Central is expected to open in December 2018, with MRIdian patient treatments commencing at that time.
About Orlando Health
Orlando Health is a $2.1 billion not-for-profit health care organization and a community-based network of physician practices, hospitals, and outpatient care centers throughout Central Florida. The organization is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. More than 2,000 physicians have privileges at Orlando Health, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with more than 15,000 employees who serve nearly 2 million Central Florida residents and more than 4,500 international patients annually. Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $270 million in support of community health needs. More information can be found at www.orlandohealth.com.
Geo Morales, APR
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