Trident Health is investing $6.1 million to update and expand its Trident Cancer Center in North Charleston.

The project includes renovation work and the addition of more than 3,500 square feet of space to the treatment facility.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall.

The upgrades include a new piece of radiotherapy equipment that’s designed to cut treatment times by almost half. Made by Varian Medical Systems, the TrueBeam Linear Accelerator will be the first of its kind in the region, Trident said this week.

The machine rotates around patients to deliver doses of radiation from nearly any angle.

“Having all of this new technology available in one area will provide easy access to advanced cancer treatment services for our patients,” said Ryan Clements, director of Trident Cancer Center, in a written statement.

The project will also include upgrades to treatment-related software systems and aesthetic improvements. The health care provider said it will work to prevent disruptions to patients during the construction phase.

The cancer center is at the Trident Medical Center campus near U.S. Interstate 26 and Highway 78.

Trident Health is owned by Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA. It operates Trident Medical, Summerville Medical Center and Moncks Corner Medical Center.

Contact John McDermott at 937-5572.