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Enloe's robotic couch better pinpoints radiation treatments

By Jerry Olenyn, jolenyn@krcrtv.com
Published On: Aug 08 2014 07:37:48 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 08 2014 07:37:55 PM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

Enloe Medical Center is the first facility north of the Bay Area to add a robotic couch used for radiation treatments.  The couch, which cost Enloe $350,000 helps provide radiation therapy to patients during daily radiotherapy procedures, delivering a high dose of radiation to a precise area of the body.

The targeting of cancerous masses, which the robotic table helps achieve, enables radiation exposure to attack only the cancer and not healthy tissue.

"Previously we could move the table up and down, right and left, and on a rotation," said Erik Stickney, a radiation oncologist at Enloe Hospital. "Now with this table we can actually move in what is called pitch and roll.  So now we can get the patient in exactly the right position."