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MAYWOOD, IL – The Loyola Center for Cancer Care & Research at Palos Health South Campus in Orland Park is the first center in Illinois – and only the fifth in the country – to offer a groundbreaking MRI-guided radiation therapy that targets tumors with millimeter precision.

Called MRIdian® Linac, the FDA-cleared, state-of-the-art system delivers radiation precisely to the tumor, even if body functions such as breathing cause the tumor to move during the radiation treatment. The ultra-sharp beam of radiation minimizes damage to surrounding tissue.

“This is the most advanced radiation system on the market, and we are pleased to offer it to the southwest suburban community,” said William Small, Jr., MD, FACRO, FACR, FASTRO, chair of Loyola Medicine’s department of radiation oncology and director of Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. “This is an example of how Loyola Medicine’s innovative affiliation with Palos Health is bringing academic-level care close to patients’ homes.”

The new system enables clinicians to precisely locate, target and track the position and shape of tumors as they move in the body, said Raymond Wynn, MD, FACR, Loyola’s vice chair of network operations in the department of radiation oncology.

“We can deliver more radiation, in


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