Aiken hospital to get radiation system

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AIKEN -- The Cancer Care Institute of Carolina at Aiken Regional Medical Centers has received a Certificate of Need to buy and install a second system designed to improve radiation treatment capabilities.

Installation of the system, called a Varian Trilogy Linear Accelerator, is expected to begin by the end of this year, according to a Thursday news release from the hospital.

The technology helps decrease treatment times, allowing more comfort for patients and more people to be treated each day. A radiation oncologist uses the linear accelerator “to deliver a precise dose of high-energy X-rays to a specific location to destroy cancer cells without damaging surrounding healthy tissues,” Thursday’s release stated.

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