IMRT integrates computerized tomography with a treatment planning program that allows the cancerous area to be visualized in three dimensions. Using this information, the radiation oncologist can designate specific doses of radiation to the tumor and place restrictions on surrounding healthy tissues. Its primary advantage is that it allows for optimizing the dose of radiation to cancerous tissue and decreases the dose received by adjacent organs, at the same time, offering improved cosmetic results and minimizing effects on the skin (irritation). This modality is used to treat tumors of the: breast, lung, prostate, pancreas, stomach, brain, and liver.
Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) represents one of the greatest technological innovations in modern radiotherapy. This treatment technique makes it possible to administer radiation more precisely, since it conforms to the shape of the tumor and allows variations or modifications in the intensity of the radiation beam, depending on the normal or sensitive tissues found in the path of the beam.
This treatment technique makes it possible to administer radiation more precisely, conforming to the shape of the tumor and allowing for variations or modifications to the radiation intensity depending on the tissues found in the path of the beam.
As a unique feature, our Varian ™ accelerator uses multiple-blade collimators (MLC), devices that consist of up to 120 moving "leaves" which are controlled by a computer to conform the radiation beam to the tumor shape from any angle. This protects adjacent healthy tissue and allows the radiation dose to vary within the beam.
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