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Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

  • What is Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)?

    Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced type of radiation therapy that is used to treat cancer and benign tumours. Beams of radiation are controlled to follow to the shape of the tumour and to have different intensities to treat the tumour accurately. The radiation intensity of each beam is controlled, and the beam shape changes throughout each treatment according to the tumour.

    The aim of IMRT is to reduce the amount of radiation to the healthy tissues and limit the side effects of the treatment.

  • There are several advantages to IMRT:

    • Higher cure rates – Higher doses of radiation can be given to destroy the tumour
    • Fewer side effects – Computer images are used to plan and deliver very focused radiation beams, avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue
    • Option of re-treatment – If it is needed, re-treatment can be given as the healthy tissue has received less radiation than with conventional radiation therapy
    • More people can be treated – Even if your tumour is difficult to reach or is located close to an important organ, it can be treated with radiation therapy
    • Better quality of life – Your body will recover better and faster than with conventional radiation therapy
  • Your goal of getting swift, accurate and effective treatment is our strength. Our skilled team of specialists and staff operate at Mount Elizabeth Orchard and Mount Elizabeth Novena – both award-winning hospitals with advanced technology and modern facilities. Take your first step towards better health today, and experience the high-quality, customised healthcare that has made us one of the leading medical institutions in Asia-Pacific.

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