CT-driven virtual simulations (also known simply as CT simulations) produce key images that can be used by radiation oncologists to plan the optimal delivery of advanced forms of radiation therapy—a type of cancer treatment that uses targeted radiation beams to destroy cancer cells.
Information provided by CT simulations are vital to maximizing the effectiveness of radiation therapy and achieving the best possible outcomes for patients, as radiation must be delivered to a very precise area, in the correct dosage and on the right schedule.
What is CT-driven virtual simulation?
CT simulation incorporates innovative computer software and high-quality computed tomography (CT) images, which a physician can use to closely study the anatomy of a tumor and its surrounding tissue as well as the natural movement that occurs within the targeted area of a patient’s body (for instance, basic breathing patterns can change a tumor’s location for seconds at a time). With this enhanced understanding of the complex relationships between a patient’s internal bodily structures, a physician is better equipped to develop a highly individualized and effective radiation treatment plan.
What are the advantages of CT-driven virtual simulations?
In addition to testing various radiation treatment fields and identifying the most appropriate delivery methods, CT simulations can be used alongside visible aids to help physicians properly position and reposition patients for multiple rounds of radiation therapy (if necessary). Commonly used visible aids include very small skin tattoos (about the size of a freckle), custom masks and liquid styrofoam that molds to fit the contours of a patient’s body.
Utilizing information provided by CT simulation, a physician can finetune the details of a patient’s treatment by determining the most appropriate:
- Linear accelerator setup
- Body position
- Delivery schedule
Because each patient is unique and every tumor has its own blueprint, CT simulations can help a radiation oncologist optimize the efficacy of radiation treatment by individualizing the equipment to the patient.
CT simulations and radiation therapy at Moffitt
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we offer innovative CT simulation technology along with a full range of sophisticated radiation therapy options for treating tumors, many of which can accurately target cancers within just a few millimeters. But, we don’t just use the latest technologies and techniques—we develop them. As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (the only one based in Florida), Moffitt has made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, and we remain committed to one day finding a cure. In fact, our cancer survival rates are up to four times higher than national averages.
To learn more about CT simulations, call 1-888-663-3488 or request an appointment by completing a new patient registration form online. Our team will work diligently to respond to your request and connect you with the right professional for your needs in 24 hours or less. The Radiation Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR®), and we do not require referrals.