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MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy Delivers Patient Benefits

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  • | 1:30 p.m. April 22, 2019
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New technology now available at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center - Health Central Hos-pital allows for more precise treatment of cancer tumors through real-time magnetic resonance im-aging (MRI) during radiation beam therapy.

The MRIdian® system enables oncologists to see a tumor’s exact location as they are treating it, in-stead of relying on static imaging results taken days or even minutes before a patient’s radiation session. The technology provides safer and more effective cancer treatment for tumors of the pancreas, lung, liver, adrenal glands, prostate and kidney, as well as gynecological cancers. 

“With MRIdian, we can be more confident that with each treatment, we’re hitting the precise target area,” explains Dr. Patrick Kelly, director of radia-tion research at Orlando Health UF Health Can-cer Center. “We’re able to focus the radiation much more specifically where the tumor is and away from healthy tissue because we know where the tumor is while we’re treating it — not where it was four to five days ago when we came up with a treatment plan or even 5 to 10 minutes ago when we set the patient up in the room, but actually as we’re going through the treatment.” 

Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center is the only healthcare facility in Central Florida, and only the sixth in the nation, to offer this new, advanced treatment option. MRIdian therapy is available at the newly opened Orlando Health UF Health Can-cer Center – Health Central Hospital in Ocoee.

Allowing for more precise treatment of tumors through real-time magnetic res-onance imaging, MRIdian:

  • Offers safer treatment by decreasing ra-diation to healthy tissue
  • Can expose patients’ adjacent organs to less radiation, boosting patient outcomes
  • Enables most patients to return to their nor-mal activity after each session

However, MRIdian is not an option for pa-tients with any metal in their bodies, such as pacemakers or defibrillators.

For more information, visit OrlandoHealthCancer.com/MRIdian


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