New mobile device to provide safer cancer treatments
A revolutionary mobile device to deliver radiotherapy more precisely during surgery, without causing damage to surrounding tissue and organs, is to be used for the first time at a UK hospital.
The Mobetron is the first portable system able to administer the treatment in this way - known as intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) - and will start being used in theatres at Southampton General Hospital this month.
IORT is an intensive form of targeted radiation given at the time of surgery for a wide variety of advanced cancers that are difficult to remove and treat.
Using Mobetron technology, the radiation is given by electron beams delivered with precision to a very specific location inside the body immediately after a cancer has been removed.
This enables surgeons and oncology specialists to deliver much higher doses of the treatment without causing damage to healthy tissue and organs seen with conventional radiotherapy.