Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
In addition to IMRT, Beacon Cancer Centre has the capability to provide Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT). Due to normal body movements such as breathing, tumours can move, both during a radiation treatment session and also between sessions. If these changes in position move the tumour out of the planned range of the radiation beam, the tumour may not receive the full amount of radiation that it should or normal tissue may receive more radiation than it ideally should.
IGRT is an advanced technology that allows the position of the tumour to be monitored precisely during irradiation using state of the art imaging devices attached to the treatment machine. The treatment machines used at Beacon, represents the leading edge of image guided radiation therapy technology. The image guided systems used provides localized images of your tumour at all times throughout treatment and can generate mini CT scans in only a few minutes. The use of IGRT increases treatment precision.