What is volumetric modulated arc therapy?
Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) is a type of radiation therapy that maximises radiation to the tumour, whilst sparing healthy tissue to help reduce the risk of side-effects.1
How does VMAT work?
VMAT is a form of radiation therapy that works by rotating the linear accelerator (the machine delivering the radiation) around you during treatment, continuously reshaping and changing the intensity of the radiation beam to ensure the maximum dose is delivered to the target areas while minimising exposure of radiation to healthy tissues.1 It automatically changes the beam shape and radiation dose as it moves.1
VMAT may be used when the tumour is close to critical organs, such as with prostate and gastrointestinal cancers. It helps to reduce the radiation therapy dose to adjacent healthy organs and thereby helps to reduce the risk of side effects.¹
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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.
- Teoh M, et al. Br J Radiol 2011; 84(1007):967-996.
- Fogarty GB, et al. Biomed J Sci & Tech Res 2018;4(1):3719–3726.