Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy

A state-of-the-art radiation delivery system that significantly reduces treatment time for cancer patients is now available at Emory. Emory has been at the forefront of developing better ways to identify the location of tumors, and then delivering the exact dose of radiation to those tumors. This state-of-the-art technique is known as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT).

Emory is one of the first facilities in Georgia to offer the RapidArc treatment system, an extremely precise radiation oncology treatment that allows variation of the radiation beam's strength to help doctors avoid delicate organs close to a tumor. RapidArc allows the delivery of radiation treatment over a shorter period of time in only one to two minutes compared to five to 10 minutes.

Patient Advantages:

  • RapidArc provides the delivery of radiation to more clearly defined targets offering high quality radiation treatment with the highest level of safety.
  • In some cases, the radiation dose delivered to normal tissues is less than that of other radiation therapy techniques, which translates into reduced side effects for patients.
  • Because of the reduced treatment time, patients are more comfortable; they are also less likely to move during each session, which improves the treatment's accuracy.
  • It allows patients who might not tolerate a longer therapy to be able to receive such therapy — allowing for a reduction in the amount of anesthesia and in some cases, eliminating the need for it.

Why Emory?

Over the past decade, Emory's Radiation Oncology program has been a leader in this technology. We offer a tremendous number of high technology tools and one of the best programs in managing radiation treatment. Emory uses this technology to provide individualized treatment and customized care with the highest level of safety.

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Learn more about Walter J. Curran, MD

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