Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
Houston Methodist doctors and staff use the most advanced and individualized therapies available, developed through our team's expertise, cutting-edge research and clinical trials.
Image-guided radiation therapy uses a variety of imaging technologies to plan the best radiation protocol treatment and monitors the patient even as the treatment is underway to visualize the procedure. Delivery of radiation therapy is more precise in killing tumor cells and sparing normal healthy cells when it is planned and delivered using imaging techniques.
This information is used to create a colored 3-D virtual model of the patient's specific anatomy. This image can be used to plan surgery or radiation therapy as well as educate doctors and patients.
The technology is capable of producing 3-D, 4-D, 5-D and 6-D functional images, meaning doctors have the ability to see a beating heart in exquisite detail and follow a vein or artery through the body. Physicians can navigate through skin, muscle, bones and organs in order to make precise measurements prior to surgery and assess the results of therapy. It is a very impressive advance and this specific virtual environment is only available at Houston Methodist.
Multidisciplinary collaboration within the Department of Radiation Oncology and with other institutions results in scientific research that is translated to the outstanding clinical care we provide. In addition, our standard of care is routinely assessed and updated to ensure that we continue to offer the most effective services to our patients.