Magnetic Resonance Imaging Guided Linear Accelerator (MRI-LINAC) uses magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, together with radiotherapy to treat cancers throughout the body, with specific advantages for soft-tissue tumors. The radiation delivery on the MRI-LINAC is fully integrated with the MRI. This means the system can deliver treatment radiation beams and monitor the target area at the same time. The unique combination of technologies gives our physicians greater control over the delivery of radiation because they can see the internal anatomy and tumor. They can fine-tune the radiation treatment plan and personalize and adapt each treatment in ways they never could before.
Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center is the first cancer center in New England to offer this cutting-edge radiation treatment on an MRI-LINAC.
MRI-based imaging on a linear accelerator offers superior high-definition image quality, especially for some soft tissue cancers, as compared to traditional linear accelerators which use x-ray-based imaging to visualize the target area and adjacent anatomy for treatment setup and delivery.
The MRI image will allow your doctor to target the tumor with increased accuracy and precision with the ultimate goals of reducing the amount of radiation exposure to surrounding organs and reducing potential side effects.
Each patient’s treatment plan will be different depending on the size, type and location of your tumor, your general health and any other treatments you may be receiving.
The MRI-LINAC is an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) cleared device. We are committed to safe and effective treatment with this new device and will also be offering patients enrollment on clinical trials to continue to test the value of this new technology.
Call 617-732-MR-RT or email MR-Treatment@BWH.HARVARD.EDU to setup an appointment with one of our specialists.
For the first time, cancer patients in New England will have a cutting-edge option for radiation treatment, known as MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy (MRI-RT). This video highlights the two components of the new MRI-RT, a 3 Tesla MRI scanner modified for radiation therapy planning called the MR Advanced Procedure and Simulation (MAPS) unit and an integrated MRI-guided linear accelerator (MRI-LINAC). The MAPS unit includes a high-field strength (3.0T) magnet for diagnostic quality imaging for initial radiation therapy planning. The MRI-LINAC, meanwhile, is a state-of-the-art hybrid device that integrates a modified, lower-field (0.35T) MRI scanner with a linear accelerator (radiation delivery machine) to reduce the magnetic interference on the radiation beam.
Call 617-732-MR-RT or email MR-Treatment@bwh.harvard.edu to setup an appointment with one of our specialists.
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