Real-time visualisation supporting tumour treatment

This technology combines high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques with extremely precise radiation therapy. This type of radiation therapy is called magnetic resonance image guided radiation therapy (MRIgRT).1 Speak to your doctor to find out if MRIgRT might be an option for you.

GenesisCare
St Vincent’s Clinic
Level A, 438 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Email: ace@genesiscare.com

02 8302 5400
02 8302 5400

GenesisCare
Murdoch
100 Murdoch Drive,
Murdoch WA 6150

Email:
receptiononcologymurdoch@genesiscare.com

08 9366 1500
08 9366 1500

Enquire now about our pancreatic cancer program

Email: pancreaticprogram@genesiscare.com

The benefits of MRIgRT

Accurate targeting

Real-time magnetic resonance imaging allows the MRIgRT to show the exact position and shape of the tumour during treatment, so it can target the tumour more precisely.1

Greater control and precision

With the MRIgRT if your tumour moves slightly, your treatment will pause until it comes back into position.2

Likely to reduce side effects

MRIgRT accuracy means the radiation beam can be adjusted to avoid healthy tissue as well as switched on or off depending on how the tumour moves.2

Who can benefit from MRIgRT?

MRIgRT is a promising treatment option for tumours that are located near other major organs where limiting damage to healthy tissue is paramount, or in organs that tend to move a lot – for example in the upper abdomen due to breathing.2

This makes this technology a potential treatment option for a range of cancer types. It is also beneficial in the treatment of metastases, where cancer has spread to other parts of the body.2

A patient who is suitable for both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning and radiation therapy2 may be referred for treatment via the MRIgRT technology by their treating physician.

What does MRIgRT treatment involve?

Here is an outline of what to expect after your initial consultation and before, during and after your treatment. There are four stages to the process: your planning appointment, planning, treatment and follow-up. Before your first appointment, your care team will call you to explain any preparation instructions in advance of your appointments and to answer any questions.

Planning appointment

The appointment may last for two to three hours and will involve a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan on the MRIgRT and a computed tomography (CT) scan. It will involve the following steps:

  1. Your dedicated team will explain the process to you and will ask you to fill in a safety questionnaire
  2. You will be asked to change into a gown and remove any metal objects such as jewellery, hearing aids, glasses or dentures
  3. You will get some markings on your skin that the staff use to accurately position you for treatment everyday
  4. You will be directed to the simulation room to have your CT scan. Here you will lie on the couch in the same position as you will during treatment. The team will make some temporary markings. This appointment will take around 30 minutes
  5. The team will now direct you to the MRIgRT treatment room for your MRI Scan. This appointment will be around 15 minutes and you will be placed in the same position as you were for the CT scan

Contact the team for more information

GenesisCare
St Vincent’s Clinic
Level A, 438 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Email: ace@genesiscare.com

02 8302 5400
02 8302 5400

GenesisCare
Murdoch
100 Murdoch Drive,
Murdoch WA 6150

Email: receptiononcologymurdoch@genesiscare.com

08 9366 1500
08 9366 1500

Enquire now about our pancreatic cancer program

Email: pancreaticprogram@genesiscare.com

Meet our team

Dr Serena Sia

MBBS, FRANZCR

Radiation oncologist

Fiona Stanley Hospital (Oncology) +2

A/Prof. Dion Forstner

MBBS (Hons), FRANZCR, GAICD

Radiation Oncologist

Macquarie University Hospital (Oncology) +1

Dr Hendrick Tan

MBBS, FRANZCR

Radiation Oncologist

Bunbury (Oncology) +3

Dr Kasri Rahim

MBChB, FRANZCR

Radiation oncologist

Fiona Stanley Hospital (Oncology) +2

Dr Monique Heinke

BSc (Hons Class 1), PhD, MBBS, FRANZCR

Radiation Oncologist

Macquarie University Hospital (Oncology) +1

Dr Jeremy De Leon

BSc (Bioinformatics), M.B.B.S (Honours), FRANZCR

Radiation Oncologist

St Vincent's Clinic Sydney (Oncology)

Dr Eugene Leong

MBBS, FRANZCR

Radiation oncologist

Fiona Stanley Hospital (Oncology) +2

Dr Sandy Sampaio

MBBCh, FRANZCR

Radiation Oncologist

Macquarie University Hospital (Oncology) +1

A/Prof Tee Lim

MBBS, FRANZCR

Radiation oncologist

Fiona Stanley Hospital (Oncology) +2

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Disclaimer

Any medical procedure or treatment involving the use of radiation carries risks, including skin irritation and associated pain. Before proceeding with treatment, you should discuss the risks and benefits of the treatment with an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Individual treatment outcomes and experiences will vary.