An unprecedented breakthrough in cancer treatment, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) revolutionizes radiation therapy to improve accuracy and reduce side effects. Unlike traditional radiation therapy, IMRT uses computerized algorithms to pinpoint the exact location and dosage for each part of the tumor while avoiding normal surrounding tissue.
During IMRT, each of the hundreds of beam-shaping devices (collimators) targets a specific area of the tumor. These collimators can move during treatment and change intensity as needed. The patient gets the exact radiation dosage needed to treat the tumor while the computer helps avoid radiation exposure to normal cells.
Exact IMRT Treatment Planning for Better Results
Specialists at Florida Hospital use a unique treatment planning method to deliver intensity-modulated radiation therapy called inverse treatment planning. Radiation oncologists choose the exact radiation dosage needed for each area of the tumor, and a computer calculates the number and angles of the beams to achieve the dosage. In traditional radiation therapy, doctors choose the number of beams and the computer calculates the dosage that will be delivered.
With inverse treatment planning, radiation oncologists choose the dosage and therefore have more control.
Breakthrough IMRT treatment is still being researched and tested by clinical trials to determine the effectiveness and safety. See if you are a candidate for this therapy. Request an appointment at Florida Hospital today.