Stereotactic Radiation Therapy
Benefits of Stereotactic Radiation
- Non-invasive painless procedure
- Fewer treatments, shorter treatment time
- Greater treatment accuracy
- Improved sparing of normal tissues (fewer side effects)
- Improved outcomes for certain tumor types
Board-certified in Veterinary Radiation Oncology, Dr. Ira Gordon looks forward to working with you and providing you the best in veterinary radiation therapy.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
IMRT is a sophisticated treatment planning technique that requires advanced imaging and 3-dimensional treatment planning software to dynamically shape a radiation dose to conform to almost any target with a complex shape. This can allow for increased sparing of critical structures that are close to the tumor target. A common example is the use of IMRT to spare the dose to the eyes when treating a nasal tumor or a tumor around the orbit of the eye. This can decrease normal tissue side effects and/or allow for escalation of radiation dose to the tumor.
Most radiation treatments utilize a type of radiation known as photons which are most effective for targeting deep-seated or complex shaped lesions. For superficial tumors though, electron therapy is a alternative that allows greater sparing of structures located deep to the tumor. A radiation oncologist can select a particular electron energy that will penetrate to the appropriate depth of tissue and spare tissues that are beyond the target. Electron shielding blocks can be custom cut with our block cutting equipment and cerrobend alloy to match the shape of almost any target. Electron treatments are most useful for superficial tumors located over critical tissues such as the chest or abdominal wall.