The Department of Radiotherapy is part of the main research line Personalized Cancer Care of the UMC Utrecht Center for Image Sciences. The main research line of the department is MRI guided radiotherapy.
Prof. Dr. Bas Raaymakers, Professor Experimental Clinical Physics at the Department of Radiotherapy of UMC Utrecht: “In a longstanding, joint effort with Elekta and Philips, UMC Utrecht has designed and developed the hybrid MRI radiotherapy system. Currently we have two prototypes installed for technical research and a third system is being prepared for clinical introduction. We foresee much improved radiotherapy by offering MR imaging to the radiation oncologist during the radiation delivery.”
“The anatomical feedback from the MRI can be used to reconstruct exactly what has been done during the treatment. This knowledge can be used to optimise the remaining treatment fractions. Moreover, MRI enables live feedback for motion compensated radiation delivery and the possibility to work towards real-time plan adaptation. Together, this should lead to a more precise radiation delivery of moving tumours, implying better cure with less toxicity.”
“This project is a very good showcase of the joint efforts needed to bring dosimetry for a new system like this to the clinic. Additionally, it enables the development of new technology that might also be used in existing clinics.”