Dr. Curtis Worthington and Dr. Mary Decker discuss the safety concerns associated with CyberKnife treatments.
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Are there any safety concerns associated with the CyberKnife treatments? Dr. Curtis Worthington: Well, with any new modality and especially the one that involves radiation, there is great care taken in quality control to make sure that you are accomplishing what you set out to accomplish and do that in a safe fashion. So there are lots and lots of checks and balances and fail safe mechanisms to make sure, that the radiation is delivered exactly where you want it to be and exactly the way you want it to go there. Dr. Mary Decker: The machine has that safety zone around the patient where we will be measuring very carefully before anything starts to make sure, that the machine will not be to close to the patient and then, certainly we'll be looking at the patient all of the time on the video cameras and on the screen where it shows the X-rays of the actual treatment. If there's any question we've got a big red button that you can push to shut the machine off. And we can pause the machine, if the patients starts to cough or becomes ill, because these treatments are long.