Columbia St. Mary's Lands New Technology for Treating Cancer

Tuesday, April 02, 2002

"Hospital is only one in Milwaukee area chosen as national site for 'see and treat' care"

Columbia-St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee has been chosen by GE Medical Systems and Varian Medical Systems Inc. to serve as a national site offering the latest in cancer treatment.

The hospital is one of about 100 around in the world implementing the new technology, referred to as 'See and Treat' Cancer care, that allows for treating cancerous tumors with greater precision.

“The technology being made available by GE and Varian puts us at a competitive advantage and allows us to showcase this new technology,” said Dr. Carl Olson, chairman of the radiology oncology department at Columbia-St. Mary’s, “It’s a very positive thing for all our patients!”

Columbia-St.-Mary’s was chosen as a national site because of its progressive philosophy in cancer treatment at the hospital’s Constance Walker Radiation Oncology Center, said Susan Potter, oncology manager for GE Medical.

Columbia-St. Mary’s is the only hospital in the Milwaukee area that will be utilizing the technology from GE Medical and Varian, Potter said.

The equipment includes several different components worth about $3 million, said Cheryl Ward, radiation oncology department manager at Columbia-St. Mary’s.

Thc technology made available by GE Medical and Varian offers different and complementary services, said Spence Sias, director of corporate communications for Varian Medical Systems, located in Palo Alto, Calif.

“GE’s equipment does the seeing and Varian’s does the treating,” he said.

Varian and GE Medical have a partnership in which Varian acts as the distributor for GE’s diagnostic imaging and scanning equipment in North America.

On the “seeing” end, Columbia-St. Mary’s is utilizing a computed tomography scanner and software package from GE that allows for what amounts to a three-dimensional image of cancerous areas within a patient. The scanner has been in use for the past several months, Olson said.

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