Image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) is the use of real-time imaging to improve radiation treatment for patients. IGRT gives 3-dimensional “sight” to physicians, allowing them to better target tumors while minimizing the effect of radiation on surrounding tissues and organs.
Better Monitoring During Radiation Treatment
With IGRT, radiation oncologists possess tools that can better account for the uncertainties involved in setting up patients for fractionated radiation delivery. Additionally, IGRT allows for the monitoring of changes in tumor position due to the normal physiological motion of the body’s organs, like breathing.
Treatment for Different Type of Cancer
As the advances of IGRT continue to be integrated into the radiation oncology clinic at the Cancer Center, new technology will allow the potential benefits of this strategy to be applied to other types of cancer, including head and neck cancers, paraspinal tumors, cervical cancers and lung tumors.
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