For Dr. Silvia Formenti, the most exciting aspect of the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center is a linear accelerator with integrated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the MRIdian by ViewRay.
MRI enables the most precise targeting of radiation by accurately tracking the position and shape of a patient’s tumor. When internal organs move in response to respiratory and heart movement, this machine directs the treatment to precisely respond to the tumor’s change in position. The result is smaller and more precise fields of radiation, which spare the adjacent normal tissue. Best of all for patients, treatment courses can be shorter and more accurate.
The first on the East Coast, this state-of-the-art machine delivers “the classical photon radiotherapy, but in the context of MRI imaging,” says Dr. Formenti, the Sandra and Edward Meyer Chair for Cancer Research, professor and chairman of radiation oncology, and radiation oncologist in chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and a member of the NYP David H. Koch Center planning committee.