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shaped-beam surgery system is the most advanced available to treat brain tumors and tumors and lesions near the spinal cord and in other areas of the body. With Novalis, there are no incisions, pain or blood loss, and none of the side effects sometimes associated with standard radiation therapy.
Novalis performs non-invasive stereotactic radiosurgery - a treatment form that uses highly focused radiation to pinpoint the exact size and shape of a tumor and minimize damage to healthy, surrounding tissue.
In addition to brain and spinal cord tumors, Novalis can be used to other treat cancerous and benign tumors and lesions, including:
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Acoustic neuroma
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Meningioma tumors
- Pituitary tumors
- Brain and spinal cord cancer that has metastasized to other areas of the body
- Tumors in patients whose other medical conditions can make traditional surgery too risky
- Inoperable tumors, including those difficult to reach with traditional, open, surgery
Novalis & PET-CT
Novalis is housed in the American Savings Foundation Radiation Oncology Treatment Center
at the hospital's New Britain General campus.
Novalis can be used in concert with the hospital's 64-slice PET-CT
scanner, which helps pinpoint tumor location.