* Default theme implementation to display a single Drupal page.
* Available variables:
* General utility variables:
* - $base_path: The base URL path of the Drupal installation. At the very
* least, this will always default to /.
* - $directory: The directory the template is located in, e.g. modules/system
* or themes/bartik.
* - $is_front: TRUE if the current page is the front page.
* - $logged_in: TRUE if the user is registered and signed in.
* - $is_admin: TRUE if the user has permission to access administration pages.
* Site identity:
* - $front_page: The URL of the front page. Use this instead of $base_path,
* when linking to the front page. This includes the language domain or
* - $logo: The path to the logo image, as defined in theme configuration.
* - $site_name: The name of the site, empty when display has been disabled
* in theme settings.
* - $site_slogan: The slogan of the site, empty when display has been disabled
* in theme settings.
* - $main_menu (array): An array containing the Main menu links for the
* site, if they have been configured.
* - $secondary_menu (array): An array containing the Secondary menu links for
* the site, if they have been configured.
* - $breadcrumb: The breadcrumb trail for the current page.
* Page content (in order of occurrence in the default page.tpl.php):
* - $title_prefix (array): An array containing additional output populated by
* modules, intended to be displayed in front of the main title tag that
* appears in the template.
* - $title: The page title, for use in the actual HTML content.
* - $title_suffix (array): An array containing additional output populated by
* modules, intended to be displayed after the main title tag that appears in
* the template.
* - $messages: HTML for status and error messages. Should be displayed
* - $tabs (array): Tabs linking to any sub-pages beneath the current page
* (e.g., the view and edit tabs when displaying a node).
* - $action_links (array): Actions local to the page, such as 'Add menu' on the
* menu administration interface.
* - $feed_icons: A string of all feed icons for the current page.
* - $node: The node object, if there is an automatically-loaded node
* associated with the page, and the node ID is the second argument
* in the page's path (e.g. node/12345 and node/12345/revisions, but not
* - $page['help']: Dynamic help text, mostly for admin pages.
* - $page['highlighted']: Items for the highlighted content region.
* - $page['content']: The main content of the current page.
* - $page['sidebar_first']: Items for the first sidebar.
* - $page['sidebar_second']: Items for the second sidebar.
* - $page['header']: Items for the header region.
* - $page['footer']: Items for the footer region.
* @see template_preprocess()
* @see template_preprocess_page()
* @see template_process()
Novalis Tx represents a new standard in radiosurgery, offering advanced technologies that deliver highly precise, fast treatment.
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
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
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
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)
Pediatric brain tumors
Recurrent brain tumors
Meningiomas of the skull base
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.