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
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
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.