Novalis Tx

Novalis Tx Benefits

Novalis Tx represents a new standard in radiosurgery, offering advanced technologies that deliver highly precise, fast treatment. 

Precise
  • Shapes the radiation beam to match the exact contour of the tumor or lesion, ensuring the maximum prescribed dose of high energy radiation is delivered to the entire tumor
  • Protects surrounding healthy tissue
  • Adapts the treatment beam to breathing and other body movements to continuously maintain safe, complete and accurate dose delivery
Fast
  • Non-invasive, outpatient procedure lasts just 15 to 20 minutes, for a more comfortable and less restricted treatment experience than other radiosurgery devices
  • Reduces the likelihood of patient or tumor movements, ensuring the highest possible level of treatment accuracy
  • Treatment can take place in a single day, although your doctor will decide if your treatment should be administered in a single dose or in a series of doses
Versatile
  • Employs a wide range of treatment modalities, ensuring you receive the best treatment for your individual case. Other radiosurgery devices are limited to only one treatment modality
  • Delivers the industry’s highest dose rate, penetrating deeper to treat tumors previously considered untreatable
  • Offers hope to patients with clinical conditions once considered untreatable and those for whom surgery is not an option
Non-Invasive
  • Frameless radiosurgery offers a more patient-friendly alternative to other radiosurgery devices that require immobilization with a head ring that attaches to the skull

 

What Does It Treat?

Novalis Tx can be used to treat cancerous and non-cancerous conditions of the entire body such as

  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVM)
  • Cavernous angiomas
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Intractable seizures
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Brain metastases/Gliomas
  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Pediatric brain tumors
  • Recurrent brain tumors
  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Meningiomas of the skull base
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Spine Tumors/Metastases
  • Prostate Cancer/Metastases
  • Liver Tumors/Metastases
  • Lung Tumors/Metastases
How Does It Work?

Novalis Tx incorporates a powerful linear accelerator, which rotates around the patient to deliver treatment beams anywhere in the body from virtually any angle. A set of sophisticated image-guidance and motion management tools provide clinicians with detailed information about the shape, size and position of the targeted lesion; guide patient setup and positioning; and monitor motion during treatment. 

What Can I Expect?

Radiosurgery and radiotherapy use high-energy radiation beams to deliver the prescribed radiation dose directly to tumor cells, causing them to die. Treatment results, visible on follow-up scans, may include shrinkage of the tumor or no further tumor growth. Because cell destruction and absorption of the cells within your system can be a lengthy process, it can take up to six months before the effect of treatment can be determined by your team of physicians. 

What are the Side Effects?

Your doctor will discuss potential side effects with you depending on your overall treatment plan. Novalis Tx treatment is not painful in most cases and does not require anesthesia. There is no scarring or disfigurement and little risk of infection, compared to conventional surgery.

You may experience a headache, dizziness and fatigue immediately following treatment, so driving is not recommended. Make sure to arrange for transportation home. 

How Can I Get More Information?

Discuss Novalis Tx with your doctor to find out if it’s right for you. You can learn more about Novalis Tx by contacting us online or calling 303-418-7600.

Terms to Know

 

The following are relevant medical terms and their definitions that may be helpful as you move forward with treatment.

Radiotherapy – The use of high-energy radiation from x-rays, gamma rays, neutrons and other sources to treat tumors and destroy cancer cells.

Radiosurgery – A radiation therapy procedure that delivers a large dose of radiation to a tumor over one to five treatment sessions.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery – Radiation treatment of a tumor that is applied in a single session with a high dose of radiation.

Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy – A series of radiation treatments over a period of time.

Image-Guided Radiosurgery (IGRS) – Radiation treatment that uses real-time x-ray imaging to deliver precisely focused, high-energy radiation to a tumor.

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