Until now, radiation oncologists have not been equipped with the full set of tools they need to track and adapt to the movement of a patient’s internal anatomy during treatments. With other radiation therapy technologies, imaging can only take place before or after the treatment. At the moment of treatment, while the beam is on, clinicians cannot see exactly where the therapy target is located inside a patient’s body. Treatment plans can be very precise, but they’re based on images captured minutes, days, even weeks before the treatment.
Study after study has shown that soft-tissue motion can shift the positions of the tumour and nearby organs, creating the possibility that the beam will miss the tumour’s edges or unnecessarily irradiate healthy tissue. Visionary Oncology from SMART Cancer Centres. To find a treatment centre near you email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Radiation has proven instrumental in the fight against cancer. This year nearly two-thirds of all newly diagnosed cancer patients in the United States will receive radiation therapy (also known as radiotherapy).
Recent years have brought significant advancements in radiation therapy technologies and techniques. One of the most recent advancements is the MRIdian® system, a unique combination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and radiotherapy technologies. With ViewRay’s MRI-guided radiation therapy, physicians have more control over the delivery of their radiation prescriptions because they are able to see the patient’s internal anatomy and adapt to any movement that may occur during the treatment. They can fine-tune each dose and personalize each treatment in ways they never could before.
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