Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): The radiation oncologist's perspective

Weining Zhen, Robert B. Thompson, Charles A. Enke

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Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is a new and evolving technological advance in high-precision radiation therapy. It is an extension of 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) that allows the delivery of highly complex isodose profiles to the target while minimizing radiation exposure to surrounding normal tissues. Clinical data on IMRT are emerging and being collected, as more institutions are implementing or expanding the use of IMRT. However, the currently available IMRT and its applications are far from being well understood and established. In some circumstances, it remains impractical and too costly. This article discusses some practical issues from the radiation oncologist's perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-159
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Dosimetry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002


  • Clinical application
  • IMRT
  • Patient selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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