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Spotlights


Versa HD
We are busy commissioning our first Elekta Versa HD machine this year. This is the first installation of a VersaHD in Michigan, and one of the first in the U.S. The availability in the department of state-of-the-art linear accelerators from the two major radiation oncology vendors will provide our students learning experiences on the most important technology in the field.
   

Monaco
We are also bringing Elekta's planning system, Monaco 5.0, online for treatment planning.  Including Eclipse and Tomotherapy, this will provide active learning opportunities with three different planning systems.
   

Truebeam
Our Truebeam linear accelerator has been treating patients using RapidArc, IMRT, 3D Conformal Radiotherapy and Electron radiotherapy for approximately a year.  Students get an opportunity to perform simulated Monthly and Annual QA tests on this and other linear accelerators in our department.
   

Eclipse
Varian's Eclipse treatment planning system is currently the primary planning system in our department.  In addition to clinical exposure, students also gain experience in our computer lab where Eclipse research stations are available for planning exercises designed around specific clinical sites.
   

GammaKnife
Our radiosurgery team provides ample opportunity to observe GammaKnife treatments, participate in daily and monthly QA of the machine, and learn the principles of treatment planning for the GammaKnife system.
   

Tomotherapy
As one of the early adopters of the Tomotherapy technology, our experience and institutional knowledge provide excellent learning opportunities for students interested in all methodologies of external beam radiotherapy.
   

Nucletron
High Dose Rate brachytherapy is planned using the Oncentra treatment planning system at WSU.  We treat a wide variety of cancers using our Nucletron HDR unit, and during the clinical internship students are able to observe these procedures and learn how they are planned, QA-ed, and performed.