How is IMRT given? And, what am I supposed to do?
Firstly, your treatment will be simulated in Computed Tomography (CT) room, where you will be comfortably positioned on the CT table by the Radiation Therapists with immobilizing moulds and other accessories to help you maintain a comfortable and stable position. You must lie still during CT Simulation so that the position is reproducible and good CT scan quality is obtained.
The CT Scan will map your tumour in 3D, then a team of Clinical Oncologists and Medical Physicists will use sophisticated computer programmes to define the tumour target and optimize the radiation delivery directly to the tumour while avoiding the normal healthy tissues around the tumour.
On the treatment day, you will be positioned by the Radiation Therapists on the treatment table with exactly the same setup during the CT simulation. You are required to lie still and adhere to the instructions given to you by the Radiation Therapists. Your position will be verified and guided using CT imaging equipped on our treatment system.
The treatment session generally lasts for about 20minutes to 30minutes, and the procedure is painless. You will be monitored at all times from the operator station through closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) fixed around the treatment room.