Services & Technology
Boston Medical Center's investment in the most advanced radiation equipment and technology available allows us to target treatment of complex tumor sites with remarkable precision, thereby minimizing damage to surrounding tissue, shortening treatment time, and ultimately achieving more cures.
Most cancer-related treatments, including ambulatory surgery, PET-CT imaging, breast imaging, medical oncology and radiation oncology, are consolidated in the Moakley Building. Our multidisciplinary clinic provides comprehensive patient consults with radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and surgeons on site. In addition, the Moakley Building is connected to the Menino Pavilion for convenient access to inpatient cancer care, the main operating suite and radiology.
In addition to treating various forms of cancer, we use radiation to treat a variety of non-cancerous conditions including:
- Heterotopic bone formation
- Graves Opthalomopathy
- Pituitary Adenomas
- Acoustic neuromas
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Many other benign tumors
Our state-of-the-art service offers:
- CyberKnife® Radiosurgery
- 3-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy
- Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)
- Respiratory Gating - 4-Dimensional CT
- Partial Breast Irradiation (PBI)
- Prostate Seed Implantation
- Lung Seed Implantation
- Gynecologic Brachytherapy (HDR)
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Fractionated Radiation (SRT)
We have two new state-of-the-art Varian linear accelerators fitted with image-guidance technology, and the most advanced CyberKnife® robotic radiosurgery system. We have our own 4D CT-simulator, which facilitates accurate, individualized planning for patient treatments. In addition, we utilize PET-CT and MRI images for certain types of tumor treatments. Our latest technology includes respiratory gating, on-board imaging and cone beam CT, which allows even more precise targeting of tumors.
High dose brachytherapy, another state-of-the-art treatment offered at BMC, allows patients with gynecological and other cancers to receive high dose radiation implants on an outpatient basis. In the past, such treatments would have required a three-day stay in the hospital.