1 What is an Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)?
An advanced type of radiation therapy used to treat cancer and noncancerous tumors is called intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
This uses advanced technology to manipulate proton and photon beams of radiation to fit the shape of the tumor.
To precisely irradiate a tumor, this uses multiple small proton or photon beams of varying intensities and these intensities is controlled and the beam shape changes throughout each treatment.
To match the radiation does to target and to avoid and reduce exposure of healthy tissue to limit the side effects of the treatment is the main goal of IMRT.
2 Reasons for Procedure
There are many reasons to decide to undergo an intensity-modulated radiation therapy.
IMRT is being used most extensively to treat prostate, neck and head cancer, and in central nervous system. In some cases, this is used to treat thyroid, breast, lung, gastrointestinal and gynecologic malignancies and some types of sarcomas.
This treatment will stop cancer cells from growing and dividing which can lead to slowing or stopping tumor growth.
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