First patient to be treated on the MR Linac in Autumn 2018
The pioneering machine, which combines an MR scanner and linear accelerator, received its CE mark in the summer. A multi-disciplinary team of radiographers, clinical oncologists and physicists are working to ensure it is ready to treat its first patient in Autumn 2018.
Dr Alison Tree, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, said: “The location of tumours and organs changes, for example the prostate might move from day to day depending on the fullness of the patient’s bowel.
“We will be able to see the organs such as the prostate much more clearly than before, including constant monitoring during treatment, ensuring we can deliver radiotherapy more precisely. Also, for the first time, we will be able to change the radiotherapy plan each day, to account for changes in anatomy, which means our ability to avoid healthy tissue will be better than ever before.”
The MR Linac was made possible by a £10m grant from the Medical Research Council to the ICR, with additional support from The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.