Image-Guided Brachytherapy (IGBT) at UCLA
What is Image-guided Brachytherapy?
Image–guided brachytherapy (IGBT) is the use of advanced imaging techniques to make brachytherapy more accurate, safe, and effective. Brachytherapy consists of four phases:
- Placement of hollow catheters or hollow carriers
- CT or MRI imaging of the site,
- computer calculations of the dose distribution called “dosimetry” and
- robotic radiation treatment delivery with a tiny radiation source.
The imaging techniques used for interventional radiology may be used to guide the placement of the brachytherapy catheters. We currently are using these techniques in the Division of Brachytherapy at UCLA for our brachytherapy patients.
The advantages of IGBT are:
- More accurate treatment distribution throughout the targeted area
- Reduced risk of injury to healthy tissues
- The ability to treat a wide variety of cancer lesions such as those that are:
a) Deep in the body
b) Adjacent to blood vessels
c) Too large for other treatment techniques
Ask our brachytherapy team if IGBT is right for you »