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Using Technology to Improve the Patient Experience in Radiology

18th April 2014

Radiology Team at James CookSouth Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had been using conventional radiotherapy treatments which delivered a dose of radiation to the tumour but often applied radiation to surrounding, healthy tissue.

The Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) delivers Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) which rotates around the patient and varies its speed and intensity as the radiation beams are delivered. This greater flexibility of this new technology means much closer conformation of dose to the tumour and less time on the treatment bed for the patient.