A local hospital has a new tool in its fight against prostate cancer. It's called SonArray.
It uses three dimensional ultrasound and optical guidance technology. That means the radiation oncologist can accurately pinpoint cancerous tumors directing the radiation beams straight to the tumor without hitting any of the surrounding healthy tissue.
Radiation is usually given daily over a six to eight week period.
In most cases the tumor can shift as much as two to three centimeters. The optical guidance system detects that shift and makes sure the radiation beams hits only the tumor.
The new SonArray technology is now being offered at Bay Medical Center in Panama City.