Machine that combines radiotherapy with MRI scanner will undergo trials next year

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 30 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4137
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The Royal Marsden Hospital in London will take delivery early next year of a machine that combines radiotherapy with real time imaging using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.

Tumours can move quite perceptibly on a daily or even hourly basis, making precise targeting of the x ray beam difficult. The MR Linac, which is being developed in a collaboration between its manufacturers and medical centres around the world, aims to get around this difficulty by combining imaging with treatment, so that the x ray beam can be tailored to the tumour to deliver the radiation dose where it …

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