For Patients

What is Surface Guided Radiation Therapy?

 

When you’re being treated with radiation therapy, the radiation needs to reach the right place. There are different ways to achieve this, known in the therapy world as motion management, and some methods use additional X-Rays or devices that hold your body parts in place. This isn’t always comfortable, which can make it harder for you to stay still – and risk exposing healthy tissue in your body to additional radiation.

Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT) is becoming increasingly widely used for motion management. By tracking your skin surface using safe, normal light, with stereo camera units and sophisticated computer software, SGRT makes sure you are in the right position, with very high accuracy. If you move, the radiation can be automatically paused until you are back in position. SGRT can be used for most types of radiation therapy and is particularly beneficial to areas where vital organs are close to the affected tissue, such as left breast.

To learn more, head to the Vision RT website and visit www.visionrt.com/patients.