Innovative LINAC MRI Technology Revolutionizes Cancer Treatment at Oscar Lambret Center

2024-04-24 22:17:42

The Oscar Lambret Center is a leading player in radiotherapy and recently added a LINAC MRI to its high performance technical platform. This strategic investment of 11.5 million euros (equipment and bunkers) is a significant technological advance in the treatment of cancer and a first in the Hauts-de-France region.

LINAC MR combines a linear accelerator capable of delivering high-precision intensity-modulated radiation therapy with an integrated MRI that provides very high-quality, real-time images. This equipment will open up new fields of care and research and is part of a wider project which aims to systematically use magnetic resonance imaging in the preparation, execution and monitoring of radiation treatments. LINAC MR will be especially intended for the treatment of children, young adults and patients with certain frailties.

What is LINAC MRI?

This is an innovative device and a technological feat, due to the integration in the same equipment of a linear accelerator and a magnetic resonance imaging unit.

The linear accelerator is capable of delivering high-precision intensity-modulated radiation therapy and meets the best current standards. The MRI integrated in the equipment makes it possible to have in real time, before and throughout the irradiation session, a non-irradiating image that provides excellent contrast in the “soft tissue”, unlike traditional MRI systems currently integrated in standard linear accelerators. The equipment is intended to complement the radiotherapy technical platform. The level of activity should reach around ten patients per day, or almost 2,300 sessions per year and almost 100 patients from the entire Hauts-de-France region.

The installation of this new equipment required the construction of a specific bunker.

This acquisition is part of the ambitious investment plan for the establishment project 2023-2027 to enable COL to maintain its regional leadership in oncology. How does this equipment meet this challenge?

The University Radiotherapy Center at the Oscar Lambret Center wanted LINAC MR technology to complete its care offering by offering patients access to this new technology. We therefore hope to be able to continue to guarantee all patients in the region access to the techniques that best suit their clinical situation.

This project is part of a wider project which aims to enable the systematic use of magnetic resonance imaging in the preparation, execution and monitoring of radiation treatments.

It also opens up new fields of research such as calculation of dose on MR images or analysis of images of the “radiomics” type to identify new prognostic factors.

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