Seeing is Believing – Cutting-edge MRI-guided Radiotherapy from SMART Cancer Centres

Real-time, Real Life, Real Benefit

Radiation therapy has seen significant advances over recent years, however until now clinicians have been unable to see tumours in real-time when administering radiotherapy, with imagining only available before or after treatment. This can result in soft tissue and organ damage during radiotherapy and subsequent unpleasant side effects, as well as the inability to administer the intended dose of radiation.

MRI-guided radiation therapy is the next-generation radiotherapy solution that offers a fresh approach and improved patient outcomes by allowing for real-time visualisation of a patient’s internal anatomy, including organs, soft tissue and tumours. This cutting-edge technology allows clinicians to locate and track tumours during treatment, alter the radiation dosage in real-time and ensure the highest effective dose is being administered. And now through Smart Cancer Centres it is possible to make this technology available to NHS cancer patients through our unique access model. Find out more here

Historically, treating cancers of the pancreas, lung, head and neck, prostate, breast and bladder with high level accuracy has been incredibly challenging due to movements of the tumours or nearby organs. However, studies have illustrated positive results following the use of MRI-guided radiotherapy in some of these notoriously difficult to treat cancers, particularly in the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

A multi-institutional study has found that using MRI-guided radiotherapy may lead to improved survival in patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer. This is due to the ability to adapt and reshape the dose during treatment, allowing for a higher biological dose of radiation.i Further data has found that treating pancreatic cancer patients using MRI-guided radiotherapy enables delivery of high radiation doses with low toxicity through the use of daily plan adaptation and real-time tracking.ii

MRI-guided radiation therapy enables truly precise and personalised treatment in real-time and has been utilised in 45 different disease sites so far, offering significant potential for patients.

To find out more about our MRI guided Linac from Viewray called MRIdian, and how we can help your Trust deliver the best in radiotherapy to your patients – contact Chief Operating Officer Paul McPartlan at

See for yourself – MRI-Guided Radiotherapy Webinar

So how does real-time visualization really change radiation therapy? Click here to view this webinar delivered by John Bayouth, Ph.D., Professor and Chief of Physics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.

This one-hour webinar features expert users of the MRIdian® system – the world’s first and only MRI-guided radiation therapy system that images and treats patients simultaneously – discussing their clinical experience., John Bayouth, Ph.D., will present an overview of the technology from a physics perspective including real-time tumor tracking and QA considerations. His colleague Michael Bassetti, M.D., Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, will discuss the benefits of MR-guidance in radiation therapy, including clinical case examples using real time MR-tracking and areas of current research.

Contact us at to find out Smart Cancer Centres can help you bring this technology to your NHS department easily and smoothly with our turnkey business approach. It’s a low risk option with minimal capital outlay.


i Mutic, S, et al. Automatic image segmentation and structure evaluation for on-line adaptive RT. Presented at European Society of Radiation and Oncology congress, 2017. [SP-0212]
ii Bruynzeel, A, et al. Clinical experience with stereotactic MR-guided adaptive radiation therapy for pancreatic tumors. Presented at European Society of Radiation and Oncology congress, 2017. [OC-0425]

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