Ground was broken and construction began on the CyberKnife Center of Tampa Bay, the first open outpatient cancer and tumor treatment center in the region. The facility will be available for use by all physicians, surgeons and patients who wish to utilize the robotic, image-guided radiosurgery tool.

Manufactured by Accuray Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., the CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery system is software driven and used in whole body treatment. Because it is non-invasive and requires no incision, there are little to no side effects and pain associated with the treatment.

According to the company, it is also the first and only robotic radiosurgical system equipped to deliver high doses of targeted radiation to tumors almost anywhere in the body with sub-millimeter accuracy. This makes it particularly effective at treating very small tumors and lesions.

Tampa Bay Radiosurgical Associates, LLC will own, manage and operate the center, which is slated to open this July.