Linear Accelerators (provision for IGRT/ IMRT)

What is Linear Accelerators (provision for IGRT/ IMRT) ?

Linear Accelerator is the most commonly used device for external beam radiation treatment of patients suffering from cancer. It generates high energy X-rays and directs them to the location of the tumour. The rays destroy the cancer cells while saving the normal tissues surrounding the tumour. Linear Accelerator technology is nothing less than a boon to cancer patients. Providing a non-invasive and painless way of treatment, Linear Accelerators have proved to be of great help.
The technology has an aid to itself in the form of IGRT and IMRT. IGRT uses imaging with the therapy to increase the efficiency by improving the precision and accuracy of the treatment procedure. The IMRT therapy uses high-edged software and sophisticated hardware to vary the intensity and shape of radiation used for different parts of the treatment area.

How is the technology unique?

• The X-rays generated by Linear Accelerators kill the DNA of the cancer cells. DNA is the molecule that carries the genetic information from one generation to another. Once the DNA is damaged, c...

How does it help?

Linear Accelerators are generally used for external beam radiation treatment for patients with cancer. It can be used to treat all the parts and organs of the body infected with cancer cells.Discovery of Linear Accelerators has been of great help to patients afflicted with cancer. No surgery is required for the treatment.

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How is it done?

What are the benefits and risks of a linear accelerator (IGRT and IMRT)?

Although the Linear Accelerator technology has been beneficial to uncountable cancer patients, it does come with its own pack of risks.

  • IGRT, the imaging technology takes pictures before and even when the therapy is in progress to ensure precision and accuracy of the treatment delivered. It also reduces the treatment toxicity.
  • Using 3-D computed tomography images of the patients with computerised specific calcu

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