New technology now available at Orlando Health allows for more precise treatment of cancer tumors through real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during radiation therapy.
Called MRIdian®, the system enables physicians to target tumors in real time instead of relying on static images taken minutes or even days before a patient’s radiation session. Real-time visualization offers physicians the advantage of more accurate treatment as the location of a tumor inside the body may shift during subtle natural movements, such as when a patient breathes or digests food.
Orlando Health Cancer Institute is one of only four healthcare facilities in the state of Florida to offer this new, advanced treatment option. Physicians at Orlando Health Cancer Institute are using MRI-guided radiation therapy for the treatment of breast, head and neck, lung, gynecologic, gastrointestinal cancers as well as soft tissue sarcoma. Our medical staff is also participating in national clinical studies to evaluate MRIdian’s unique applicability in the treatment of various tumor types.
Benefits of MRIdian Treatment
For patients, MRI-guided radiation therapy offers several advantages over traditional radiation treatment:
- Allows for more precise treatment of tumors through real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Offers safer treatment by decreasing radiation to healthy tissue
- Can expose patients to less radiation to moving adjacent organs
- May reduce the course of treatment by as much as half, or by several weeks, for some patients
MRIdian therapy is provided at the Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital location of Orlando Health Cancer Institute.
Our team of experienced radiation oncologists will determine if you are a potential candidate for MRI-guided radiation therapy, or if you might be best suited for another therapy. Request a consultation
Is proton therapy right for me?
Before you begin cancer treatment at the Cancer Institute, you will meet with your care team to determine your best possible treatment options. The benefit of proton therapy versus traditional radiation therapy varies among patients and depends on tumor type, size, location and other factors.
Is proton therapy approved by the Food and Drug Administration?
Proton therapy was approved by the FDA in 2001.
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