The bespoke, Radiation Service compliant facility at SASH houses a brand new Elekta Synergy LINAC, the same model as those found in top human hospitals.
Because this machine is built to fit fully grown adult humans, it can accommodate even the largest dogs.
It is Australia’s first LINAC that can offer stereotactic radiosurgery to pets. Different from traditional surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery does not require cutting into tissue with a scalpel. Instead, it uses highly precise beams of intense radiation to accurately target and kill tumours and cancer cells, while minimising damage to healthy surrounding cells.
The Elekta Synergy LINAC has advanced imaging capabilities with a large field of view. This allows our specialists to see more of the patient, more easily, to maximise accuracy.
It also uses state of the art beam technology that is more energy-efficient compared to other models, thereby reducing our carbon footprint.
ROLE IT PLAYS IN HOSPITAL
The LINAC can be used to treat certain types of tumours and cancers after diagnosis.
WHAT DOES THE LINAC TREAT?
The LINAC can be used to treat several cancers, which include:
- Acanthomatous ameloblastoma (mouth)
- Adrenal (a hormone gland above kidney)
- Anal Sac adenocarcinoma
- Arthritis (refractory)
- Bladder and prostate
- Brain and pituitary (small organ at the case of the brain)
- Carcinomas (I.e. skin or organ linings)
- Heart tumours
- Dermal and subcutaneous hemangiosarcoma (blood vessel walls)
- Infiltrative lipomas (fatty lump)
- Injection site sarcoma (tumours from injections/implants)
- Hepatocellular carcinoma (liver)
- Lymphomas – nasal or localised e.g. epitheliotropic (white blood cell cancer)
- Melanoma (type of skin cancer)
- Meningoencephalitis (inflammation of the brain and its membranes)
- Multilobular osteochondrosarcoma (a type of bone cancer)
- Nasal tumours
- Osteosarcoma (bone cancer)
- Salivary mucoceles (cyst from the saliva of a damaged gland or duct)
- Soft tissue sarcomas (mouth and skin)
- Squamous cell carcinoma (type of skin cancer)
- Thymomas (thymus, a lymph organ)
- Thyroid carcinomas
- Tonsillar tumours