IMRT gives radiation oncologists the ability to more precisely “custom sculpt” the shape of a tumor, delivering the right amount of radiation with more accuracy and helping to preserve healthy tissue around the tumor.
IGRT uses two- and three-dimensional imaging during the course of radiation treatment to direct radiation therapy to the coordinates of the radiation treatment plan. Like IMRT, IGRT is designed to deliver radiation with precision and protect healthy surrounding tissue.
This is an imaging technology used in conjunction with radiation delivery systems prior to treatment to ensure that a patient and the tumor are in the same place as originally planned.
During a radiation treatment, a patient’s tumor may change position due to the patient’s breathing cycle or other involuntary movements. In a respiratory gating treatment, a tracking device “watches” the tumor’s position and briefly shuts off the radiation treatment device when the tumor moves beyond a certain point.
This advanced equipment rotates 360 degrees around a patient’s body, providing radiation precisely sculpted to the tumor. RapidArc delivers treatment in two to three minutes, compared to other conventional treatments, which may take up to 30 minutes.
The center also offers the latest diagnostic services to improve tumor detection and localization, patient management, therapy planning and assessment of response to therapy. Services include onsite PET/CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography) imaging services to assist radiologists in determining any abnormal cell activity and in pinpointing the location of cancerous tissue, so a biopsy can be performed.
In addition to the radiation therapy services at St. Clair Hospital Cancer Center, St. Clair Hospital provides a comprehensive field of inpatient oncology services.
1000 Bower Hill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
The office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Appointments can be made by calling 412.502.3920 and can be coordinated through a family physician or PCP, or through another specialist. This enables the Cancer Center to obtain records needed to make a patient’s appointment and to have treatment options available at the time of the visit.