Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy
IMRT is a form of radiotherapy which achieves high precision by focusing radiation dose to the location of the tumor using computer-controlled delivery of x-ray radiation. Damage to surrounding brain tissue is thus minimized, and side effects tend to be fewer and less severe. Due to its high degree of specificity, it is often used for treatment of childhood tumors to minimize the impact of radiation on development. The course of treatment with IMRT typically requires multiple treatment sessions over a time course ranging from 6 to 10 weeks.
References and Readings
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