A.M.P. Radiation Oncology offers the Best in Technology
- RapidArc® Radiotherapy - RapidArc® delivers uncompromised radiation treatment in two minutes or less. See the Technology Focus below
- IGRT - Image-guided radiation therapy that pinpoints a moving target.
- IMRT - Intensity-modulated radiation therapy which modulates the radiation dose to spare healthy tissue.
- Brachytherapy - Delivers dose to the patient from internally placed radioactive sources. A.M.P. can deliver this utilizing both High Dose Rate or Low Dose Rate methods.
- Gated Radiation Therapy - Radiation treatment that addresses respiration induced tumor motion, allowing treatment only when the tumor is in the targeted position.
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy - Image-based external radiation therapy that can be completed in one to five days rather than several weeks.
A.M.P. Radiation Oncology - Technology Focus
RapidArc® radiotherapy delivers image guided IMRT (intensity-modulated radiation therapy) in one or two rotations of the treatment machine around the patient. During the treatment, the radiation beam is shaped and reshaped as it is continuously delivered from virtually every angle in a 360-degree revolution around the patient.
The beam shaping is accomplished using a multi-leaf collimator (MLC), which is a device with 120 computer-controlled mechanical "leaves" or "fingers" that move to create apertures of different shapes and sizes. During a RapidArc® treatment, specialized software algorithms vary three parameters simultaneously: the speed of rotation around the patient, the shape of the MLC aperture, and the dose delivery rate. Sophisticated treatment plans, generated by computer on the basis of each patient's unique anatomy and tumor size, shape, and position within the body, guide the treatments.
The faster RapidArc® treatments are easier on the patient, who does not need to hold still for long periods of time. By reducing the time it takes to deliver IMRT and other precise forms of radiation therapy, RapidArc® has the potential to improve the quality of care and of patient comfort. The chance of the cancer target moving outside the radiation beam is reduced allowing for more dose to the target and less dose to healthy structures.