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Contributed photo A new "linear accelerator" used to treat cancer patients arrived at CentraCare Radiation Oncology at the Douglas County Hospital this week. The machine cost $2.2 million and weighs 23,000 pounds.

New device for treating cancerous tumors arrives in Alexandria

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CentraCare Radiation Oncology at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria continues to improve its services by beginning an upgrade to its linear accelerator this week.

The new Varian IX Linear Accelerator allows radiation oncologists to treat tumors more accurately using image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT).

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