Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy

Published On 07/11/2011

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is another form of external radiation therapy. Using computer-generated 3-D images from dozens of CT scans, IMRT maps the tumor precisely, then bombards it with high-intensity radiation. 

This treatment allows a higher dose of radiation to be delivered to the tumor, potentially increasing the chance of a cure. At the same time, IMRT radiation is able to avoid organs and other healthy tissue, thereby shielding them from radiation exposure. IMRT's precision means that many hard-to-reach and "untreatable" tumors are now within range, even some that are wrapped around a patient's spine or in delicate regions of the brain.

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