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New device for treating cancerous tumors arrives in Alexandria

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.

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).

The new accelerator ensures patients receive accurate delivery of high radiation doses to cancerous tumors while minimizing doses and preserving nearby healthy tissues and organs with fewer side effects for patients, according to CentraCare.

Installation of the new accelerator will be complete in mid-February.

The oncology program, started in 1998, is a collaborative between CentraCare Health System and Douglas County Hospital and is operated by Melrose Area Hospital, part of CentraCare Health System.

To learn more about CentraCare Radiation Oncology at Douglas County Hospital, call (320) 762-8903 or visit