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Tomotherapy: Where Precision and Efficiency Meet Health

The advent of technology has tremendously transformed the healthcare sector. As a consequence, the radiation therapy has also evolved..

The advent of technology has tremendously transformed the healthcare sector. As a consequence, the radiation therapy has also evolved, reforming the procedures involved in treating patients with life-threatening ailments like cancer. TomoTherapy, one of the most preferred radiation therapies, is known for its precision and speed among oncologists, surgeons and radiation experts alike.          


Improved Patient’s Outcomes with TomoTherapy

To enhance patient’s outcomes, diagnosis and treatment, experts need top-level precision and efficiency. The Radixact 9 Treatment Delivery System, TomoTherapy’s latest version, provides a fully integrated platform that enables intelligent treatment planning, efficient data management and proficient delivery.    


The introduction of advanced TomoTherapy has greatly improved the outcomes of radiation oncology which, in turn, has proved effective in the treatment of serious ailments including cancer. However, in India, only a few health institutions are equipped with TomoTherapy technology and BLK Super Speciality Hospital is one of them. The Speciality Centre has recently equipped itself with Radixact 9- the latest version of the machine for TomoTherapy.  


Cancer Treatment with TomoTherapy   

One of the most important parts of the cancer treatment plan is the radiation therapy. In present times, TomoTherapy is the smartest radiation therapy to treat this grave illness. Doctors trust this technology because unlike the former techniques used for the treatment of cancer, it works in a distinctive way by integrating imaging and radiation to target cancer more accurately.       


Commenting on the efficiency of TomoTherapy, Dr. S Hukku, Senior Consultant and Chairman, Radiation Oncology Department, BLK Super Specialty Hospital, says, “Efficiency of TomoTherapy can be gauged with the fact that  it is a systematic process that combines treatment planning, CT image-guided patient positioning and treatment delivery into one integrated system. It helps in calculating the shrinkage of cancer caused after each cycle, allowing the doctors to plan the next steps as per requirements.”        


How TomoTherapy Works

The procedure of TomoTherapy initiates with treatment planning. With 3D images along with specific software, the contour for each tumour is defined. Also, the optimal amount of radiation for the tumour and the surrounding tissue along with other organs is decided. Thereafter, the pattern, position, and intensity of the radiation is determined appropriately which is followed by CT Image-Guided Positioning.


Moreover, when it comes to treating cancer with Radixact 9, a special CT scan is generally undertaken in order to confirm the location of the tumour. The significance of this step lies in the fact that with every successive session, the position of the tumour may change slightly.   


Benefits of TomoTherapy in Breast Cancer Treatment

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers of all. In India, out of every 2 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, 1 dies of it, according to a report by NICPI. However, with advanced treatment options like TomoTherapy, breast cancer treatment can be treated effectively. Owing to the latest developments in this technology, breast cancer at every stage can be treated at one go unlike conventional LINAC treatments. Additionally, it is the only technology available which facilitates the treatment of both the breasts simultaneously.    


Integrating the effectiveness of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) with the precision of Computed Tomography (CT) scanning technology (IGRT- Image Guided Radiotherapy), TomoTherapy has advanced as the most effective treatment for serious illnesses. Moreover, in the final stages of the treatment, it amalgamates IMRT with a spiral delivery pattern to ensure that the treatment remains confined to the tumour.