Imaging and Radiation Therapy
Cancer care for the next generation is available at Rush North Shore. Our new state-of-the-art linear accelerator with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) delivers high doses of radiation with precision and accuracy. This technology delivers a radiation dose that perfectly conforms to the three-dimensional (3-D) shape of a malignant tumor, or to specific areas within the tumor, while sparing normal tissue, ultimately allowing higher doses of radiation safety.
- Enhancing dose concentrations can be more effective in eradicating tumor and give a greater probability of permanently curing the cancer
- It is more precise than conventional radiotherapy, uses computer generated images to plan and deliver tightly focused beams
- Spares more of the surrounding health tissue
- Can be used to treat tumors that might have been considered "too risky" or "untreatable" just a few years ago.
- IMRT is currently used to treat tumors in the brain, breast, head and neck, liver, nasopharynx, pancreas, prostate and uterus.
Rush North Shore offers Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), an advanced imaging technology that helps track and treat tumors. IGRT improves treatment accuracy and reduces the amount of healthy tissue exposed to radiation, minimizing side effects. The therapy is particularly effective in the treatment of tumors in the prostate, head, neck and lungs.PET/CT Scanner, a revolutionary two-in-one medical imaging system, allows doctors the ability to quickly determine whether you have cancer, if it's spreading, whether your treatment is working or if there is a recurrence. In one quick exam, this system generates two essential types of medial images - PET and CT -then merges them into a single information packed image. To see the complete picture of how the PET and CT image merge click here.
This new imaging may also be used to:
If you are scheduled to have a PET/CT Scan please see "Providing Answers About your PET/CT Scan" for more information.
- Tell if mass is cancerous.
- Guide radiation treatments to area of cancer only.
For more information on the CT/MRI Center, contact us at 847/677-2032. Or visit www.northshoremrict.com.