Cancer Treatment Using Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) is the use of imaging (usually in the form of low dose X-rays images or CAT scans) during the course of cancer radiation therapy treatments to assure treatment accuracy. These images are taken electronically while the patient is on the treatment machine table, in treatment position.
The images are reviewed by the physician to ensure that during radiation treatment, the radiation beam is being directed exactly as the physician planned during the planning sessions. Should there be the need for a minor change, this will be made immediately, and the treatment will then be delivered. This process has only been used for the past 5-6 years, and has greatly improved the accuracy of treatment planning and delivery of radiation to cancer patients.
Is IGRT right for you? Contact one of our experienced physicians today to learn more about this cancer treatment and what radiation treatment technique is best for you.