The treatment of cancer by radiation requires as large a dose as possible to the cancer while sparing the healthy tissue. A key technique for this `conformal radiation therapy' is intensity-modulated radiation therapy, IMRT. IMRT has become a major treatment for cancers where adjacent organs are at risk from radiation damage.
This talk will describe the development since 1988 of IMRT as a key part of medical physics and will explain the clinical rationale. As IMRT becomes widespread, it continues to develop and is now meeting the challenge of taking care of the fact that organs can move. This leads to 4D medical imaging with IMRT, so-called image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT).
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