Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy and Helical Tomotherapy: Its Origin, Benefits, and Potential Applications in Veterinary Medicine

Jessica A. Lawrence, Lisa J. Forrest

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Abstract

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), especially image-guided IMRT as represented by helical tomotherapy, is a novel approach to therapy and is rapidly evolving. Both of these forms of therapy aim to allow targeted radiation delivery to the tumor volume while minimizing dose to the surrounding normal tissues. Adaptive radiation therapy and conformal avoidance are possible with intensity-modulated therapy and helical tomotherapy, which offer opportunities for improved local tumor control, decreased normal tissue toxicity, and improved survival and quality of life. Human and veterinary patients are likely to benefit from the continued development of this radiation delivery technique, and data over the next several years should be crucial in determining its true benefit.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1151-1165
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2007

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