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Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

  • What is Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)?

    Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced type of radiation therapy that is used to treat cancer and benign tumours. Beams of radiation are controlled to conform to the shape of your tumour.

    Many small radiation beams of varying intensities are used to treat your tumour precisely. The radiation intensity of each beam is controlled, and the beam shape changes throughout each treatment.

    The aim of IMRT is to reduce the amount of radiation to your healthy tissues and limit the side effects of treatment.

  • There are several advantages to IMRT:

    • Higher cure rates — Higher doses of radiation can be given to destroy the tumour
    • Fewer side effects — Computer images are used to plan and deliver very focused radiation beams, avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue
    • Option of retreatment — If it is needed, retreatment can be given as the healthy tissue has received less radiation than with conventional radiation therapy
    • More people can be treated — Even if your tumour is difficult to reach or is located close to a vital organ, it can be treated with radiation therapy
    • Better quality of life — Your body will recover better and faster than with conventional radiation therapy
  • Your goal of getting swift, accurate and effective treatment is our strength. Our skilled team of specialists and staff at Gleneagles Hospital is committed to placing your needs at the heart of all we do. Take your first step towards better health today, and experience the high-quality, customized healthcare that has been our legacy for more than 50 years.

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