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29 April 2013
The Beacon Centre Implements Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)

The Beacon Centre Implements Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)

The Radiotherapy Department in The Beacon Centre has just treated its first patient using Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT). IMRT is now being widely implemented in UK radiotherapy centres. This new method of delivering treatment reduces the effect of radiation on normal tissues close to tumours, meaning that patients will experience fewer side effects than using traditional techniques.

IMRT is being introduced on patients undergoing head and neck radiotherapy in the first instance but will be implemented across a wider range of tumour sites over the coming year.

The introduction of IMRT has been made possible by generous donations from local charities – SURE (Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment) purchased specialised computer systems and software to allow these treatments to be accurately planned and MLGS (Musgrove Leukaemic Group Somerset) purchased equipment to allow these complex treatments to be checked prior to delivery.

Andrew Morgan, Head of Radiotherapy Physics in The Beacon said “The implementation of IMRT represents a significant advance in the ongoing development of the service we provide. We are extremely grateful to SURE and MLGS for their continued support.”

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