At Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers we deliver external beam radiation in a variety of ways:
3 Dimensional Radiation Therapy (3D)
3D Therapy allows the treatment to be delivered precisely by better targeting the treatment area and reducing dose to the surrounding structures.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
IMRT allows the intensity of the radiation to be modulated across the treatment area by adjusting the dose, size and shape of the treatment field so maximum dose is delivered to the tumor by sparring surrounding structures.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
SRS is a non-invasive approach to treat smaller tumors in an accelerated amount of time. Treatments are generally given over 5 treatments.
Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
Most treatments are typically given by utilizing a daily CT scan of the treatment area to ensure the target volume is positioned in the correct location prior to delivering treatment.
Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT)
VMAT is a technique that allows for increased treatment speeds and dose reduction.
High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy
Brachytherapy treatments are given internally by utilizing a radioactive source. These treatments are generally used for the treatment of small breast tumors. A device is implanted into the cavity of where the tumor was removed. The device remains in place over 5 days. Treatments are given twice a day for 5 days. During treatment the radioactive source is connected to the device and treatments generally take 15 minutes. Once the treatment is over the patient is not radioactive and the device is removed.