What is intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Isamettin Andrew Aral, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) can achieve tightly conformal dose distributions with the use of nonuniform radiation beams. The intent of this form of therapy is to create highly conformal fields by treating the patient with multiple static portals (so-called step-and-shoot IMRT) or dynamic fields. In dynamic IMRT, a series of arcs are administered through the area of interest. Multileaf collimators (MLCs) are reshaped many times as the machine performs a series of arc rotations around the target.


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