Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy is the most
radiotherapy cancer treatment available. The radiation beam
is modulated, and
in effect focused solely on the cancer cells, allowing
treatment of tumours
with a higher dose, retreat cancers which have previously
been irradiated, and
safely treat tumours which are located very close to delicate
organs like the
eye, spinal cord, or rectum. This means a higher cancer
control rate and a lower
rate of side effects. Steve's IMRT book published in 2000 is
the principal book
on the subject to date. IMRT techniques started in the 1990s
and have now become
the most important radiotherapy modality worldwide and are
earlier conformal and 3D techniques. Whilst the 2000 book
as a foundation to the basics of IMRT new developments
have prompted a need
for a book reviewing modern applications and how IMRT is
used now and into the
future and captures the huge technological advances in the
last 5 years.
1. IMRT: General statements and points of debate 2.
Developments in rotation
IMRT and tomotherapy 3. Developments in IMRT using a
multileaf collimator 4.
Developments in IMRT not using a multileaf collimator 5.
Clinical IMRT using
a multileaf collimator – evidence-based medicine? 6. 3D
planning for CFRT and
IMRT: Developments in imaging for planning and for