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Cancer Care: Imaging Technology


Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced computerized technology that enables radiation therapists to deliver optimal doses of radiation to the tumor, while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

During brachytherapy, sealed radioactive sources are temporarily or permanently implanted into the patient to deliver radiation directly to the tumor. Brachytherapy is commonly used to treat prostate cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer.

Breast MRI

Breast MRI is used to investigate breast concerns first detected with mammography, physical exam, or other imaging exams. MRI is also excellent at imaging the augmented breast—including both the breast implant itself and the breast tissue surrounding the implant—staging breast cancer, determining the most appropriate treatment, and for follow-up after breast cancer treatment.

Breast conservation therapy/MammoSite® radiation therapy system

Breast conservation therapy (BCT) includes the removal of the cancerous breast tumor, which is called a lumpectomy. The lumpectomy is generally followed by seven weeks of whole breast external beam radiation therapy using the MammoSite radiation therapy system (RTS) for partial breast irradiation. The system works by delivering radiation from inside the breast directly to the tissue where cancer is most likely to recur.

PRIMATOM® radiation therapy delivery system

This digital, three-dimensional system enables radiation oncologists to more precisely target and attack malignant tumors with higher doses of radiation, while minimizing damage to nearby healthy cells.

Medical oncology treatment technology

Computerized order entry for chemotherapy/IntelliDose®

IntelliDose automates chemotherapy order writing and safeguards against dosing errors—reducing risks, saving time, and tracking therapy and associated costs. Automatic safety-checking algorithms watch for route-of-administration errors, errors of omission, BSA limitations, patient allergies, and out-of-range lab results. Patients can also print education information directly from IntelliDose.

Diagnostic imaging technology

PET scan

Positron emission tomography, also called PET imaging or a PET scan, is a diagnostic exam that involves the acquisition of physiologic images based on the detection of radiation from the emission of positrons. Positrons are tiny particles emitted from a radioactive substance administered to the patient. PET scans at Mercyhealth are often used to detect cancer but have also been a vital tool when looking at patients with coronary artery disease, memory disorders of an undetermined cause, and suspected or proven brain tumors or seizure disorders.

PET is available at Javon Bea Hospital–Rockton, Rockford, IL; Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville, WI; and Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center–Walworth, Lake Geneva, WI.

Cancer Care: Imaging Technology Providers

Cancer Care: Imaging Technology Locations