Netherlands Cancer Institute uses a 3D MRI video in radiotherapy for the first time in Europe


The Netherlands Cancer Institute has become the first in Europe to administer radiation therapy to a cancer patient using a 3D MRI video. Doctors and researchers at the Amsterdam comprehensive cancer center have developed software that they can use to make a video of a tumour as it moves - due to the patient's breathing for example. This will allow them to irradiate patients even more accurately in the future so that healthy cells will suffer less damage.

In the Netherlands, around 60,000 people every year require radiation therapy for cancer. The radiation kills the cancer cells, but it also damages healthy cells that are located near the treatment site. This means that radiotherapists are always looking for the right balance between a dose of radiation that is high enough to destroy the cancer cells, but low enough to minimize the damage to the healthy tissues and therefore side effects.

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