What is the role of radiofrequency localization in image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) for the treatment of prostate cancer?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Isamettin Andrew Aral, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Newer forms of target tracking have become clinically available. Like the radiopaque fiducial markers used in portal imaging, small radio transponders can be implanted into the prostate for facilitating patient setup. These transponders emit radiofrequency waves that can be detected and used to reposition the target before execution of therapy.


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