Villa del Sole [Villa del Sole Radiotherapy] opened in January
1991 in the wake of experience gained over almost thirty years.
I first began training in radiotherapy in the Villa dei Platani
clinic in 1974 with my father Vincenzo who directed the Radiotherapy
Division of the National Cancer Institute - Fondazione Pascale
in Naples, and continued in the Clinica Mediterranea.
The Villa del Sole keeps apace of state-of-the-art radiotherapy
techniques. In addition to traditional radiotherapy, the center
provides conformational radiotherapy, operative stereotaxic radiotherapy,
and high-dose brachytherapy. The technical personnel undergo continuous
training and medical physicists control the quality of the examinations
The center is equipped with: a Siemens Dual Energy Linear Accelerator
(6-15 photons and 5-14 Mev electrons); a microSelectron for high-dose
rate brachytherapy with iridium-92; two 3D systems for treatment
planning (the Plato Nucletron and the Ergo-3D line); a 3D Nucletron
system for brain stereotactic radiotherapy; and a 3D line multileaf
collimator for conformational and stereotactic radiotherapy. A customized
immobilization system consisting of a polyurethane template and
a thermoplastic mask (Multimedica) ensures reproducibility of treatment.
Paolo Muto, M.D.
'Tools used by the surgeon must be adapted
to the task and where the human brain is concerned, no tool can
be too refined.' Lars Leksell (1907-1986), Swedish neurosurgeon
renowned for his continued search for improvements to his devices.