In radiotherapy, a long term goal has been to improve the accuracy of radiation treatment, so that more targeted doses can be delivered, while reducing the impact on neighbouring tissues. Highly focussed treatment is now a reality, and so is a new challenge that accompanies it, namely the need for high precision delivery. Without this, focussed radiotherapy creates the potential for a different problem – missing the target and delivering high treatment doses to healthy tissue.
A small privately funded team of specialists, focussed on improving the effectiveness of radiotherapy recognised this issue and, applying their own advanced software and tracking techniques, developed solutions to track both a patient’s position and breathing and to regulate the delivery of the high energy X-ray beam accordingly. The result is an integrated system, allowing control of radiotherapy delivery to very high levels of accuracy.