Doctors say a breakthrough in radiation technology
is making sure they hit the mark when it comes to
It also means less toxins affecting surrounding healthy
Martie Salt has the details on the high-tech tool
that's helping doctors fight cancer.
ATTORNEY RON LOWY WAS TREATED FOR PROSTATE CANCER
WITH M-R-I-GUIDED RADIATION.
IT'S THE NEWEST RADIATION DELIVERY TECHNIQUE.
HE SAYS BEING INSIDE THE BORE DIDN'T BOTHER HIM AT
When they would put me in
the machine, it was so comfortable,
I would fall asleep every time and they'd wake me
up at the end of the session, an hour later.
The images are spectacular.
WHILE THE 59-YEAR-OLD NAPPED INSIDE THE MACHINE, RADIATION
ONCOLOGIST, DOCTOR ALAN POLLACK AND HIS COLLEAGUES
USED REAL-TIME M-R-I IMAGES TO DELIVER THE TREATMENT
PRECISELY TO THE TUMOR.
We're able to more directly visualize a tumor and
make sure we don't miss it and to minimize the normal
tissue that's being treated.
LOWY NEEDS A LIVER TRANSPLANT.
BUT HE COULDN'T GET ONE UNTIL HIS CANCER WAS TREATED
BECAUSE ANTI-ORGAN REJECTION DRUGS MAKE CANCER GROW.
AFTER FIVE M-R-I-GUIDED RADIATION TREATMENTS, LOWY
GOT GOOD NEWS.
NOW LOWY SAYS HIS FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT.
It means there's nothing holding me up from getting
a liver transplant and I'm excited about moving to
the next step.
I'M MARTIE SALT, REPORTING.