Intensity-modulated radiation therapy: Emerging cancer treatment technology

T. S. Hong, M. A. Ritter, W. A. Tomé, P. M. Harari

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The use of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is rapidly advancing in the field of radiation oncology. Intensity-modulated radiation therapy allows for improved dose conformality, thereby affording the potential to decrease the spectrum of normal tissue toxicities associated with IMRT. Preliminary results with IMRT are quite promising; however, the clinical data is relatively immature and overall patient numbers remain small. High-quality IMRT requires intensive physics support and detailed knowledge of three-dimensional anatomy and patterns of tumour spread. This review focuses on basic principles, and highlights the clinical implementation of IMRT in head and neck and prostate cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1819-1824
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 23 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Head and neck cancer
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy
  • Prostate cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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