Mercy Health System provides radiation therapy including: 3D conformal therapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), partial breast radiation and more.
Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) provides precise delivery of radiation that spares healthy tissue while focusing intense radiation beams on tumors.
IGRT uses frequent two and three-dimensional imaging during a course of radiation treatment to shape radiation and direct it at tumors. Through more precise targeting of the beam, dosage levels can be increased and target volumes (the three-dimensional areas to receive treatment) can be reduced—so tumors get a higher dose of radiation and healthy surrounding tissues get very little. Higher doses have been shown to enhance treatment effectiveness. And better targeting reduces the possible side effects of radiotherapy. IGRT is especially useful for patients with cancers of the head and neck, breast and prostate.
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital recently added a new linear accelerator to enhance radiation treatments for our cancer patients. This machine features several built-in safety measures to ensure that it will not deliver a higher dose than prescribed and helps to enhance safety and quality for our patients receiving radiation therapy.