Tomotherapy: Where Precision and Efficiency Meet Health

By Medical Expert Team

Feb 05 , 2019 | 2 min read

The advent of technology has tremendously transformed the healthcare sector. Consequently, cancer treatment therapy has also evolved, reforming the procedures involved in treating patients with cancer. TomoTherapy treatment, 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

Experts need top-level precision and efficiency to enhance a patient's outcomes, diagnosis, and treatment. 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 treatment 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-MAX 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.

TomoTherapy - The Cancer Treatment Therapy

One of the most important parts of the Cancer Treatment plan is radiation therapy. In present times, TomoTherapy treatment is the smartest radiation therapy to treat this grave illness. Doctors trust this technology because, unlike the former techniques used for cancer treatment, it works distinctively 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-MAX 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 calculate 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 treatment initiates with treatment planning. With 3D images and specific software, each tumour's contour is defined. Also, the optimal amount of radiation for the tumour and the surrounding tissue, along with other organs, is decided. After that, the radiation's pattern, position, and intensity are determined appropriately, followed by CT Image-Guided Positioning. Moreover, when it comes to cancer treatment therapy 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. BLK-MAX provides tomotherapy at an affordable cost.

TomoTherapy for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers of all. In India, out of every two women diagnosed with breast cancer, one dies of it, according to a report by NICPI. However, advanced treatment options like TomoTherapy for 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, TomoTherapy for Breast Cancer is the only technology available that facilitates the treatment of both 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.

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