Image Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy IGSRT in Northern Colorado
What is IG-SRT?
Image-Guided Superficial Radiotherapy (IG-SRT) is a non-invasive therapy conducted in a medical professional’s office. It employs low doses of X-ray energy to effectively eliminate cancer cells while facilitating the regrowth of healthy tissue in the treated area. This modern technique combines radiation therapy with advanced imaging technology. It targets the skin and shallow tissues while minimizing damage to surrounding areas.
What to expect with Image Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy IG-SRT
During an IG-SRT session, you will be comfortably seated as a specialized gel is applied to the area affected by cancer. The doctor will then employ a small imaging wand to capture a highly detailed image of the cancerous site, which will be displayed on a screen. This image serves as a reference for measuring the tumor’s size and shape, determining the appropriate treatment dose, and delineating the precise treatment area.
Once these preparations are complete, the treatment device’s arm will be positioned over the designated area, delivering a targeted dose of X-ray energy that accurately focuses on the cancer while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue from harm. IG-SRT is administered in stages, typically involving 3 to 5 treatments per week over a span of 4 to 7 weeks. Each treatment is painless and can be completed in as little as 15 minutes.
Multiple tumors, up to a maximum of 3, can be treated simultaneously, and the treatment dose can be adjusted at each stage based on the tumor’s response.