We commonly perform external beam radiation therapy treatments with a linear accelerator.
A linear accelerator (LINAC) customizes high energy x-rays or electrons to conform to a tumor’s shape and destroy cancer cells while sparing surrounding normal tissue. It features several built-in safety measures. These measures ensure that it will not deliver a higher dose than prescribed. A medical physicist also routinely checks to ensure it is working properly.
If you’re scheduled for radiation therapy using a LINAC, your radiation oncologist collaborates with a radiation dosimetrist and a medical physicist. They develop a treatment plan for you. Your doctor then double-checks this plan before treatment begins. Your doctor also implements quality assurance procedures to ensure that we deliver each treatment in the exact same manner.