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Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, or IMRT, can intricately direct a beam of radiation to its target from a variety of angles. It allows physicians to minimize “hot spots” that can be accompanied by painful skin irritations. New computer technology has made IMRT possible and allows it to be included in the range of therapies available to our patients. UT uses cutting-edge technology in designing radiation treatment plans that are highly customized to each and every patient. The system evaluates many possible combinations of radiation beam shape, size and angles to help UT radiation oncologists create the best possible treatment plan for each patient. When the diagnosis is cancer, treatment options must carefully be weighed to identify the most effective option with the least side effects. Even after radiation is chosen as a course of treatment, a variety of methods, including IMRT, may be considered. Often radiation will be used along with surgery, chemotherapy or a combination of the two.
Last Updated: 4/20/16