The Eugène Marquis Centre is a regional centre at the forefront of innovation and research. It has a wide range of specialist facilities.
In February 2014, the Eugène Marquis Centre acquired the latest model of CyberKnife®. This linear accelerator is mounted on a robotic arm. It is extremely precise and capable of performing a wide range of movements, which allows technicians to manipulate and aim the beam accurately.
The arm of the machine is guided in real time by a system of cameras and sensors. It can detect, follow and compensate for the movements of the patient or the tumour in real time and without pausing.
Radiation is delivered as a large quantity of 6 MV x-rays. It is accurate to within less than a millimetre.
This high level of accuracy means that it is possible to:
Each CyberKnife® session usually takes between 30 and 90 minutes. CyberKnife® is mainly used to treat tumours located next to healthy structures that are extremely sensitive to radiation. This includes certain types of brain tumour, tumours near the optic nerve and tumours near the spine.
In February 2015, the Eugène Marquis Centre acquired a state-of-the-art accelerator, a Versa HD, so that it could provide new treatment options. The Versa HD is a linear accelerator that delivers a high-dose, homogenous beam of x-rays. It can deliver very high doses of radiation, thereby reducing the number of sessions required. This is known as hypofractionation. The Versa HD uses an imaging system capable of producing 3D images.
The precision of the technique, combined with its ability to modulate the beam intensity when delivering the radiation dose, means that only the tumour is treated and that the surrounding healthy tissue is exposed to minimum radiation.
The Centre started using a Siemens Biograph mCT Flow scanner for PET/CT scans in May 2016. It combines a ring of gamma-ray detectors with a 20-slice scanner to produce PET/CT scans.
The Centre started using a Siemens Biograph mCT scanner for PET/CT scans in February 2017. It combines a ring of gamma-ray detectors with a 20-slice scanner to produce PET/CT scans.
CAMERA 1: Siemens Symbia T2, brought into use in October 2007. This is a gamma camera with two detectors, linked to a CT scanner.It is known as a SPECT-CT scanner or hybrid scanner.
CAMERA 2 : C’est une gamma caméra Discovery ST 670 mise en fonctionnement en novembre 2014. C’est une gamma caméra avec deux détecteurs, associée à un scanner (TEMP-TDM).
CAMERA 3 : C’est une gamma caméra Discovery ST 630 mise en fonctionnement en novembre 2013. C’est une gamma caméra avec deux détecteurs