MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy

See the Tumor While Treating It

McGlinn Cancer Institute at Reading Hospital is the first in Pennsylvania* to offer groundbreaking noninvasive radiation therapy that uses FDA-approved real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to deliver the most precise and accurate radiation treatment available today.* Through simultaneous imaging and treatment, the MRIdian® Linear Accelerator better helps protect healthy tissue and organs while providing the best possible radiation results.     *As of October 2019

Precision Radiation

The only technology to automatically regulate radiation beams during treatment

First and Only in PA*

There are only 31 MRIdian MRI Linear Accelerators in the world, thirteen in the US, and only one in Pennsylvania – and it’s at Tower Health.* It’s just another example of how we’re bringing the most advanced care directly to the local community and beyond. Advancing Health and Transforming Lives is more than our dedication, it’s our promise to keep patients closer to the care they need.     *As of October 2019

The Future of Radiation Treatment Is Here

During radiation treatment, it is normal for a tumor to move when a patient:

  • Breathes
  • Swallows
  • Digests food

Current radiation technologies don’t account for such movement, putting healthy tissue at risk. MRIdian offers unmatched clarity that tracks the movement of soft tissue and organs in real time. This allows oncologists to see, target, and adapt to tumors in real time. If the tumor moves beyond a designated boundary, the radiation pauses and improves targeting precision.

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The MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy Advantage

Potential Benefits:

  • Optimizes the dose of radiation to the correct location
  • Shortens treatment course
  • Spares healthy tissue from radiation
  • Reduces side effects

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Latest Innovation in Radiation Treatment

MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy is the most precise noninvasive treatment today, providing personalized and powerful treatment unavailable in other conventional technologies.

MRI-Guided  RTD*

Proton RTD

Standard

RTD

Real-time direct visualization of tumors during treatment delivery

Yes

No

No

Reduced chance of side effects as a result of improved targeting

Yes

No

No

Best chance of avoiding healthy tissue around tumors by using real-time beam adjustment during treatment

Yes

No

No

Potential for higher radiation dose to moving tumors and tumors in difficult locations

Yes

No

No

*RTD – Radiation Treatment Delivery

The MRIdian Patient Experience

MRIdian is a game changer in the treatment of cancer and limited metastatic disease in areas of the body that are hard to reach or near critical organs.

Our world-class healthcare team has cared for many cancer patients and will create a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs. Depending on your type and stage of cancer, a radiation oncologist will determine if treatment with the MRIdian System is a recommended treatment option. 

Each patient’s treatment plan will be different, but treatment courses typically range anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on the following:

  • Size, type, and location of your tumor
  • You general health
  • Other treatments you may be receiving

Connecting You with the Most Advanced Cancer Care

MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy is available at the McGlinn Cancer Institute at Reading Hospital, in West Reading.

Our expert multidisciplinary cancer team will personalize your treatment options to provide the most appropriate treatment for your type of cancer. To learn more about MRIdian, call 484-628-8067.