This is a Four-dimensional treatment since it tracks time, Bogart said. 4D scans are able to track motion over time and could also be used for patients with lung cancer and other highly mobile organs to see how the tumor moves as patients breathe, Bogart explained.
"The plan is, once the research is done, to move to other areas of the body as well," Bogart said.
There are a few physical characteristics that men must possess in order to be given the Calypso treatment, according to Bogart. For one, patients can't have had a hip replacement, since this makes tracking the prostate extremely difficult. Another disqualifier is size--men have to be a certain weight since there's only so much distance that the GPS unit can be tracked through.
"This is one of several very sophisticated advances that allows us to do a much better job of precisely focusing on patient's cancer [ ] and hopefully, resulting in much better outcomes and chance to get rid of the cancer," Bogart said.
The Food and Drug Administration have cleared the Calypso System.
To learn more about the Calypso System, call 464-5276.