Why Surface Guided Radiation Therapy?

Vision RT systems are in 37 of the top 50 US News “Best Hospitals for Cancer”. Here you can find out why.

Vision RT systems are in 37 of the top 50 US News “Best Hospitals for Cancer”. Here you can find out why.

Accuracy is vital during radiation therapy. Radiation therapists take great care to ensure that patients are in the right place for treatment, to ensure that only the target area receives radiation and healthy tissue is spared. However, patients naturally move during treatment, and this slight movement can be difficult to detect.

AlignRT detects motion during radiation therapy using three advanced camera units, which monitor thousands of points on the skin. If the patient moves outside an acceptable position, by even a millimeter, AlignRT automatically pauses the radiation. Once the patient is back in position, AlignRT allows treatment to continue.

Vision RT is the leading provider of Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT) imaging tools. SGRT can be used for a wide range of body sites and types of cancer, and has many clinical studies supporting its use. Learn more using the links below

Radiation Therapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer, in which high-energy radiation is administered to the body to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. It can be a stand-alone treatment or is commonly used in combination with chemotherapy, surgery, or hormone therapy. About half of all cancer patients receive some type of radiation therapy during the course of their cancer treatment*.

If you have radiation therapy, it’s important to ensure the radiation reaches the right place throughout the course of treatment, while avoiding vital organs such as the heart. To do this, a variety of techniques are used to ensure the patient remains correctly positioned before and during treatment. These range from obtaining additional X-Ray images of the patient to physically restraining areas of the body throughout the treatment duration, which can be uncomfortable and counter-productive.

Why Surface Guided Radiation Therapy?

Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT) is a new technique that’s becoming widely used to ensure patients are positioned correctly before and during treatment. By tracking the skin surface using Vision RT’s non-ionizing and non-invasive camera technology, SGRT helps make sure the patient is in the intended position, with high accuracy, and often with less physical immobilisation, providing both comfort and safety. If the patient moves, radiation can be automatically paused until they are back in the intended position. SGRT is used across a wide range of cancer types and sites.

For more information, please visit our patient education website at www.AlignRTEdu.com

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