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New CT simulator, software at Heartland Cancer Center enhance radiation treatment

Krista Brewer, radiation therapist, talks with Donald Schlaht, patient, who is being scanned with the new CT simulator at Heartland Cancer Center.

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Heartland Cancer Center is now equipped with an 8-slice CT simulator that allows a quicker and more comfortable scan for patients who need radiation, HCC Director Jamie Hutchinson said.

The new CT simulator replaces a 1-slice, and is used for planning radiation treatments.

"This specialized equipment allows our radiation oncologist to quickly capture a larger area of concern," Hutchinson said. "The 8-slice CT simulator’s speed reduces the chance of patient movement, and thus increases focus and accuracy. Its images of a tumor are clear and precise, which means the oncologist has even more information when constructing the patient treatment ...

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