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IMRT Treatment

IMRT Treatment – Definition and Cost

IMRT Treatment or intensity-modulated radiation therapy is used to treat cancer and tumors. IMRT is an advanced type of radiation therapy which manipulates radiation beams to adapt to the shape and size of the objective using multiple small IMRT radiation beams. It is able to vary the intensity of the treatment, thus IMRT treatment reduces the dose of radiation and avoids exposure of healthy tissues and side effects.

IMRT treatment is carefully planned to determine the dose intensity pattern, which conforms in the best way to the tumor shape. With the IMRT approach, higher and more effective radiation doses are delivered to the tumor with fewer undesired effects, if compared to conventional radiotherapy techniques.

IMRT radiation requires multiple sessions. Each of them can take up to 30 minutes.

IMRT treatment is ideal for treating:

Tumors located in other organs near the:

  • Optic nerves
  • Salivary glands
  • Rectum
  • Small bowel
  • Spinal cord

Highly trained doctors work together to coordinate IMRT treatment. Among the specialists who are certified for the procedure you will find:

  • Radiation oncologists
  • Radiation therapists
  • Dosimetrists (treatment planners)
  • Medical physicists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Surgeons

In order to plan IMRT treatment, some tests are used, including:

IMRT Treatment Cost

IMRT treatment cost at a first glance may be deterrent for some patients even if it is partially covered by insurance. But after learning how much the radiobiological advantage of IMRT radiation improves the treatment outcome during radiation therapy, they get more comfortable with the price.  

Depending on the U.S. hospital, total medical care charge for IMRT prostate treatments is around $12,000 ($4,000 for the planning stage and $8,000 for the radiation stage.), but prices may vary enormously when performed abroad.

Greece and India are the most popular destinations for IMRT radiation.

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