Rhode Island Hospital was the third site in New England to use intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), a state-of-the-art external radiation treatment.
"IMRT can be used for almost every site in the body," says Rhode Island Hospital radiation oncologist Thomas DiPetrillo, MD. "We anticipate that IMRT will be the preferred method of therapy, replacing all types of external radiation treatment, within the next five to 10 years."
IMRT is a noninvasive procedure that allows for pinpoint delivery of radiation therapy, resulting in better tumor control with less toxicity. In the past, Rhode Island Hospital patients requiring IMRT had been transported to New England Medical Center in Boston, which has had the high-tech treatment for five years. New England Medical Center was one of the first four sites in the world to utilize this revolutionary treatment under the direction of David Wazer, MD, Lifespan's chief of radiation oncology.