This is a 360 degree view inside one of the brachytherapy treatment rooms at Northwestern Medicine's center in Warrenville, Ill., in the western suburbs of Chicago. The room is equipped with a Varian VariSource brachytherapy afterloader, which stores the radioactive brachytherapy seeds in a shielded container, and can push them out through catheters into the patient. The seed catheter ports are numbered to match their insertion into a patient. The room is also equipped with cameras to observe the patient and communicate with them during the radiation treatment, while staff can stay safely outside the shielded room.
Watch the VIDEO: Proton Therapy Treatment at Northwestern Medicine, an interview with Medical Director Bill Hartsell, M.D., to learn more about the center.