Operated in conjunction with the University of Michigan, the Henry Ford Allegiance Radiation Oncology – Tejada Center is one of the most technologically advanced radiation therapy facilities in the state. Three-dimensional tumor mapping capabilities allow staff to visually determine the shape and size of tumors and irradiate tumors more effectively, minimizing the involvement of close and adjacent organs.
Other radiation oncology treatment methods that may be employed include:
Truebeam Linear Accelerator
Brings most innovative, versatile and precise imaging and treatment capabilities with enhanced safety and accuracy features while delivering treatment faster and more efficiently. This allows for a more comfortable patient experience reducing chance for patient motion during treatment and improved accuracy and precision.
Rapid Arc (VMAT)
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) tool delivers improved dose conformity to the entire tumor in 360 degree motion in approximately two minutes. This is approximately 8 times faster than what was previously possible with conformal IMRT with improved dose sparing to normal tissue.
Imaged Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)
Provides advanced imaging with three dimensional software technology utilizing Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) to verify patient and tumor positon accuracy. Patient position and motion will be adjusted if necessary at every treatment to pinpoint tumor site is in the same positon for every treatment.
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
Uses advanced imaging such as Conebeam CT to deliver a targeted radiation dose to a tumor in 1 to 5 treatments with millimeter precision. SBRT is an option for some lung, liver, and spine cancer patients. SBRT offers less damage to healthy tissue, higher radiation dose to tumors not possible with other radiation therapies, and much fewer treatments than conventional radiation therapy.
Care Coupled with Treatment
Henry Ford Allegiance Health uses the latest technology in delivering radiation to ensure treatments are not only effective but also precise, minimizing exposure to healthy tissues and organs.
Active Breathing Control (ABC)
ABC helps patients to hold their breath in a consistent manner while receiving radiation, increasing separation between the breast tissue and the heart, reducing exposure to the heart. ABC technology is actively used for women with left sided breast cancer to avoid heart exposure.
Field-in-field (IMRT) tool
IMRT improves the uniformity of the dose with the aim of reducing skin toxicity. This method is used in cancer treatment plans for best breast cosmetic outcomes.