Image Guided Radiation Therapy (or IGRT) is a technique used to track the internal movement of your anatomy by imaging each day during treatment and making fine positioning adjustments.
When you come in for radiation treatment, the part of your body being treated is carefully lined up to the radiation beam. This is usually accomplished with lasers and markings on the outside of your body. In some instances, there can be a considerable amount of organ movement inside your body, and this can be corrected by the use of IGRT.
In some cases, tiny radio-opaque markers are placed in your body, and their location is used to align you for treatment. By following the daily movement of these markers and adjusting the radiation beam accordingly, treatment accuracy and precision are enhanced.
For more information about Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, or to request an appointment with our radiation oncologist, Dr. Shahid Hameed, call Arkansas Cancer Institute at (870) 535-2800.
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