Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT)

Reduced treatment time with safe, effective and precise radiation delivery

VMAT is an advanced form of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). Like IMRT, VMAT uses incredible precision to spare surrounding healthy tissue and offers significantly reduced treatment times with its speed and accuracy.

How is VMAT cancer treatment delivered?

Using a linear accelerator with a continuously rotating cone beam, VMAT allows radiation to be delivered at any angle in all 360 degrees around the patient.

The cone beam’s shape, the rate of delivery and the speed of the rotating machine can be altered and monitored during treatment based on the patient’s personalized treatment plan.

What types of cancer are treated with VMAT?

VMAT can be used to treat the same types of cancer as IMRT, including cancers that need calculated doses of radiation. This type of treatment is especially useful when it’s critical to protect healthy structures and tissues surrounding the cancer targets.

VMAT is capable of treating many types of cancer found in the

  • Abdomen
  • Chest wall
  • Female reproductive system
  • Head and neck
  • Lungs
  • Prostate
  • Soft tissues

Methodist prides itself on its multidisciplinary team approach to cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our board-certified radiation oncologists work closely with a team of physicists, treatment planners and therapists to plan and deliver this state-of-the-art treatment.

Each person and cancer is unique. Your care team will work with you to create a highly comprehensive and personalized treatment plan