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Martha Jefferson Hospital recently installed the first Calypso "GPS for the Body" system in the Central Virginia region. The new system is the most recent addition to the arsenal of treatment options available for patients with prostate cancer in need of radiation therapy in the Phillips Cancer Center.
Calypso provides real-time tumor tracking and enables caregivers to keep radiation focused to hit the tumor and not the surrounding healthy tissue. To use the technology, three transponders are implanted in a patient's prostate during an outpatient procedure. The Calypso System and transponders then work together to continuously communicate the exact location of the tumor each time the patient is in for radiation treatment. By using the technology, therapists are immediately alerted if the tumor moves outside of the radiation beam, and then can stop and adjust positions.