Radiation oncology is the treatment of tumors with high energy x-rays to destroy the cancer cells. It is a very scientific process beginning with a board-certified radiation oncologist and a team of technologists that plan the treatment by computer aided simulation. The patient’s tumor is precisely targeted and precautions are taken to be certain no healthy cells are hit by radiation beams. A CT scan provides the exact shape of the target and another technician determines the angles, shape of the beam, and the dose of the beam.
The exact position of both the patient on the table and the linear accelerator (that shoots the beam to destroy the tumor) enable a series of doses in subsequent appointments to hit the same target week after week.
PET/CT – combining PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and Computerized Tomography for enhanced treatment options
Linear Accelerator with Multi-Leaf Collimation
IMRT- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
Dedicated ST Simulation and Conformed 3-D Isodose Treatment Planning- MIMS: fully computerized treatment planning for delivering the highest level of precision radiation therapy with very minimal side effects to surrounding normal tissue