Before this, patients undergoing radiotherapy had no option but to have tattoo marks on their body to align radiotherapy treatment.
St. Vincent’s Private Hospital (SVPH) is the first hospital in Ireland to pioneer new technology which removes the need for permanent skin markings – traditionally a cause of significant distress to patients who have been recently diagnosed with cancer – and a continuous reminder of the disease after their cancer has gone.
The new, high precision, innovative technology called Surface Guided Radiotherapy (SGRT) offers an alternative to tattoos by using a 3D optical scan of the body surface to set up and verify the patient’s position against their CT planning reference scan. Using over twenty thousand reference points on the patient’s skin surface the technology can track and detect motion with sub-millimetre accuracy.
SGRT allows us to apply radiation treatment in a highly timely and targeted manner – without needing to permanently mark the patient to deliver the treatment. All of this is incredibly positive and is likely to result in stronger health outcomes for the patient both physically and psychologically.
One of the first patient’s to benefit from the new technology said: