Radiation Oncology

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) with RapidArc

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and RapidArc (an advanced form of IMRT), have revolutionized radiation treatment. These technologies precisely mold the radiation beam's intensity to the shape of the tumor. As the dose is precisely conformed, it allows the physician to deliver a higher dose to the tumor with significantly less damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

The radiation oncology experts at The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment at St. Joseph Hospital use one of the most technically advanced forms of IMRT technology, called RapidArc, to deliver radiation with high precision. With RapidArc, the treatment planning is highly involved and the delivery process is more efficient than regular IMRT. It is performed with sophisticated treatment planning computers using three-dimensional CT, PET/CT and MR images of the patient and computer-controlled radiation beam delivery.

IMRT and RapidArc technology enables our team of highly-skilled radiation oncology experts to reduce the frequent side effects of radiation therapy, contributing to superior clinical outcomes and improved quality of life for patients.

CT Simulation

A CT Simulation is a planning session in which our radiation oncologists map the site to which radiation will be given. This procedure usually takes an hour to an hour and a half.

During this time you will be required to lie very still on a hard table. Please inform the physician if this may be a problem for you. In some cases a special mask or treatment cushion will be made specifically for you. During this appointment, tiny pinpoint tattoos will be placed on your skin to mark the area that will be treated.