Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
Image-guided radiation therapy uses repeated imaging scans, including CT, MRI and PET scans, during treatment to identify changes in a tumor's size and location. This type of radiation therapy allows the patient's position and radiation dosage to be adjusted during treatment, if necessary.
IGRT increases accuracy and effectiveness of radiation treatment and may minimize side effects by reducing the amount of healthy tissue exposed to high dosages of radiation. Image-guided radiation therapy is an ideal treatment option for tumors in sensitive locations or tumors that are prone to movement.
Varian Medical System's Trilogy
In 2007, Baptist Cancer Center - Memphis became the first in the Mid-South to offer treatment using Varian Medical System's Trilogy linear accelerator and IGRT technology. Trilogy makes it possible to deliver a wide range of ultra-precise treatments for all cancers with great speed.