Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
Learn About IGRT
You can find precision radiation therapy with image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) at the Saint Vincent Cancer and Wellness Center. This radiation therapy is specially designed to treat tumors in areas of the body that move, such as the lungs.
How IGRT Works
A radiation therapy machine is specially equipped with image technology that accounts for motion and allows your doctor to image your tumor before and during treatment. Images taken in IGRT are high resolution and three dimensional, allowing for the most detailed view possible. In comparing these reference images, more exact radiation targeting of the tumor can be done through beam and patient positioning. Because of IGRT’s ability to work with areas that move, it’s an ideal technology for tumors and cancers located close to sensitive structures and organs, but can be used to treat all types of cancer.
IGRT Treatment: What to Expect
Before undergoing IGRT, you’ll meet with a radiation oncologist at Saint Vincent Hospital in order to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. During your consultation, you’ll discuss the best type of radiation treatment for you, learn more about the treatment process and learn about the possible side effects. Side effects of radiation treatment include problems that are a result of the treatment, along with problems resulting from radiation damage to nearby healthy cells.
During IGRT, you’ll likely see or hear the equipment moving around you during the procedure. It’s important that you attempt to stay still during image-guided radiation. IGRT should take no more time than a standard radiation treatment.
You can find out if you’re a candidate for IGRT by meeting with your doctor today. Please contact the Cancer and Wellness Center at or locally at (508) 363-7100 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.