The radiographers will take radiographic pictures and measurements using imaging equipment. These images are used by your doctor and the planning department to plan exactly where they want the treatment to be delivered.
The images are taken using a CT (computerised tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner.
A CT scanner is a type of machine that creates detailed pictures (images) of the inside of the body. For the scan you lie on a couch while it passes through a large, hollow ring.
These images show you the CT Scanner and MRI scanner used in the NCCC.
During these appointments the radiographers will draw marks on your skin to use for the accurate positioning of your treatment.
Most patients have tiny permanent marks made on the skin. On the rare occasion that a patient is unable to have permanent marks, your skin will be marked with a special ink pen. These marks must not be washed off until your radiographer tells you it is ok to do so. You may need to leave them on until your radiotherapy is completed.
Your treatment plan
The planning department use the detailed information from your CT/MRI planning appointments along with your previous X-rays or scans to help them plan your treatment.
Careful planning makes sure that the radiotherapy is as effective as possible. Advanced computer simulations calculate the dose of radiation you will be given. This ensures the x-rays are aimed precisely at the cancer and cause the least possible damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.
Each plan is unique and this process of producing your individual treatment plan can take around two weeks.
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