The Novalis powered by TrueBeam™ STx system, developed by Varian Medical Systems and BrainLab, Inc., is an advanced linear accelerator and radiosurgery treatment system capable of delivering fast and precise, noninvasive, image-guided radiosurgery for a variety of tumor types.


Patient receiving TrueBeam treatment at UPMC CancerCenter.
  • Uses 3D computer-generated images of the tumor and surrounding anatomy to not only verify your position, but also to track the motion of the tumor during treatment.
  • Employs sophisticated treatment delivery management software that significantly shortens the duration of complex treatments using different beam angles.
  • Delivers a precise, image-guided, intensity-modulated treatment in only a few minutes.

In addition to faster treatments, TrueBeam STx’s enhanced communication technology enables a constant interaction between you and your therapist operating the equipment, creating a virtual presence of the therapist in the treatment room.

What Can I Expect During TrueBeam STx Treatment

The radiosurgical team of oncologists and radiation physicists:

  • Uses computer-generated images to develop a “custom-designed” treatment plan.
  • Delivers a precise, tightly focused radiation dose that conforms to the shape of the tumor, while limiting the amount of radiation that reaches surrounding healthy tissues.

TrueBeam STx provides accurate treatment, which may allow for higher doses of radiation to be placed in smaller areas.

For more information on TrueBeam, visit the TrueBeamSTx page on the UPMC CancerCenter website. To determine if you are a candidate for TrueBeam treatment, please contact Peter C. Gerszten, MD, at 412-647-1700.