IMRT: A more advanced and accurate form of radiation treatment
Intense Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), one of the latest and most advanced forms of radiation therapy, is a breakthrough treatment option oncologists at the Phoebe Cancer Center in Albany, Georgia, can choose for our patients.
What is IMRT?
IMRT technology allows extremely precise targeting of radiation treatment in order to minimize damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
Instead of using a single large radiation beam targeted at a cancerous tumor, IMRT breaks up the radiation into thousands of extremely thin beamlets that are directed at the tumor from many angles. The beamlets can be made to change shape to match the target and can even be made to bend around healthy tissues.
IMRT allows us to safely use radiation to treat cancers located close to delicate organs such as the spinal cord, eyes or rectum. It is especially useful in treating prostate cancer and metastatic brain cancers.
A Potent Weapon: IMRT for Prostate Cancer
When used in prostate cancer treatment, the precise targeting of IMRT allows us to use higher dosages of radiation than is possible with standard radiation techniques. At the same time, because the surrounding healthy tissue receives less exposure to radiation, side effects are minimized.
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