The pioneering MR Linac machine that scans and treats patients at the same time is being installed at The Royal Marsden in Sutton. One of only two machines in the UK, the machines will initially be used for clinical trials, with Oracle at the forefront of these trials for treating head and neck cancers. Patients undergoing these clinical trials will be amongst the first in the world to use the machine.
Professor Uwe Oelfke is leading Oracle’s project with the new machine promising to to monitor a patients response to treatment in “real-time”. Says Professor Oelfke “With MRI you can constantly monitor the patient while treatment is taking place and adapt the dose precisely to the individual. This will allow a truly new practice of personalised radiation therapy.”