The simulation process uses a state-of-the-art CT scanner or Acuity simulator to aid in the identification of the exact location and size of your tumor. Detailed images or your tumor are captured and transferred to the treatment planning computer so that a treatment plan, completely unique to your disease site, can be developed.
As part of the simulation process, a contrast agent may be administrated so that the cancerous area can be better visualized. It also may be necessary for an immobilization device to be constructed. This will help you remain completely still during treatment, as the delivery of radiation must be precise.
To help the therapist align you on the treatment table for daily radiation delivery, marks will be placed on your skin with either a blue permanent marker or small tattoo. It is very important to protect these marks and to notify our staff if they begin to fade.