Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
IGRT is used to reduce and destroy cancer cells from an external source of radiation. Radiation from high-energy beams disrupts the growth of cancer cells. Radiated cancer cells are not able to repair themselves or grow. Radiation damages all cells, both healthy and cancerous, in the exposed area. IGRT spares as many healthy cells as possible because it directs radiation to only a specific area, the cancer tumor.
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