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Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)

IGRT is a method of using images taken immediately prior to treatment to use extreme accuracy to target a cancerous tumor.

The patient typically will undergo a 10-minute outpatient procedure in which gold markers are placed in the prostate.

Prior to radiation treatment, images are taken of the prostate and the implanted markers show up clearly, providing internal landmarks for tumor positioning.

IGRT improves the accuracy of radiation treatment delivery in its ability to perform daily imaging of the tumor. This higher degree of accuracy can enable physicians to increase the radiation dosage to the tumor, while sparing normal surrounding tissue.