Calypso’s GPS for the body

Calypso® 4D Localization System™

The Calypso® 4D Localization System™ helps oncologists deliver focused doses of radiation with greater accuracy to patients receiving external beam radiation therapy for all soft-tissue tumors, except those in the lung, and for external treatment of tumors in superficial tissues, such as the breast.

Also known as GPS for the Body®, the Calypso® 4D Localization System™ allows our radiation therapy team to continuously track movement of internal organs in real time and concentrate radiation to the cancerous tumor. In the recent generation of the Calypso 4D Localization system, beacons are able to show the position of the patient’s tumor 25 times a second, and automatically shut the beam off in the event of a cough, sneeze, stomach bubble, or other internal change of position that moves the tumor out of the X-ray beam. By targeting cancer cells and avoiding nearby healthy tissues, the Calypso Localization system spares the bladder, rectum, and other critical structures. Common side effects of radiation treatment, such bowel and urinary frequency and erectile dysfunction in prostate cancer patients, may be greatly minimized.

The Calypso system features a 4D Console™ that allows our radiation oncologists to track exactly where the tumor is during radiation therapy. Before treatment, patients undergo a simple outpatient procedure, where Beacon® transponders are inserted into the skin through ultrasound guidance. Each transponder is as small as a grain of rice. The Beacon transponders then communicate with Calypso during treatment using safe radiofrequency waves. If the prostate or other targeted tumor site moves out of position, the X-ray beam is stopped, until the target moves back into position for safe treatment.

To find out if our Calypso® 4D Localization System™ is the right radiotherapy technology for you, please contact Northern Nevada Radiation Oncology today! We proudly treat those living in Reno, Carson City, Lake Tahoe and the Sierra.

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