I was fortunate to spend the morning visiting Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, which was named a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. I spoke to their Radiation Oncology Residents and witnessed their first simulation of a patient undergoing MRI-based radiation treatment.
Nine other MRI-based linear accelerators operate in the United States, and their brand new MRIdian MRI-linac will soon be the 10th to utilize this technology.
It provides real-time, on-table, adaptive radiotherapy (ROAR), which allows radiation oncologists like myself to obtain actual MRI images during a patient’s treatment. This “on board imaging” provides another level of precision and accuracy for cancer treatment while virtually eliminating the risks of skin toxicities, trapped or distorted dose, and other concerns which may occur when high magnetic fields interact with radiation beams.
The video below video provides an overview of this equipment and how it treats cancer patients.
Within seconds, clinicians can initiate a scan, then adjust the dose delivery based on the current position of both a tumor and adjacent critical structures while the patient is still on the table.
Physicians across the nation refer patients to the Moffitt Cancer Center, which boasts the latest advancements in technology, allowing them to offer groundbreaking therapies.
Dr. Norleena Gullett is a Radiation Oncologist at Erlanger Cancer Institute in Chattanooga, TN. In addition to her medical expertise, she strives to offer emotional, psychological, and spiritual support in her care for her patients. She prides herself on treating you, the whole person, with the best care possible.