Henry Ford Health First in World to Complete Treatments Using MR-guided Radiation Therapy

Henry Ford Health in Detroit has announced it is the first in the world to complete a full course of patient treatments using the latest advancement in magnetic resonance (MR)-guided radiation therapy, which integrates real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and linear acceleration to deliver precise and accurate radiation treatment more rapidly than ever before.
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The MRIdian A3i is the latest enhancement to the MRIdian system from ViewRay Inc. that can image and treat patients simultaneously. // Courtesy of Henry Ford Health
The MRIdian A3i is the latest enhancement to the MRIdian system from ViewRay Inc. that can image and treat patients simultaneously. // Courtesy of Henry Ford Health

Henry Ford Health in Detroit has announced it is the first in the world to complete a full course of patient treatments using the latest advancement in magnetic resonance (MR)-guided radiation therapy, which integrates real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and linear acceleration to deliver precise and accurate radiation treatment more rapidly than ever before.

The MRIdian A3i is the latest enhancement to the MRIdian system from ViewRay Inc., which was the first FDA-cleared and commercially available linear accelerator-based MR-guided radiation therapy system that could image and treat patients simultaneously.

The new technology allows for enhanced radiation beam tracking and only delivers the radiation therapy when the tumor is in the treatment field. This protects the healthy tissue from radiation by automatically stopping the beam when any single target exceeds the clinician-defined boundaries.

The new MRIdian A3i features enable Henry Ford clinicians to collaborate simultaneously and connect remotely during patient treatment to make the treatment faster for the patient. MRIdian A3i also expands existing real-time tissue tracking and automated beam gating functionalities to include multiplanar tracking and gating in up to three planes.

In 2017, Henry Ford was first in the world to treat a patient with the MRIdian system, and in 2021, became the first in the United States to have two MRIdian systems when its second was installed in Henry Ford’s new cancer pavilion in Detroit.

“People worldwide travel to Henry Ford Health for advanced cancer treatment,” says Dr. Parag Parikh, director of MR-guided Radiation and GI Radiation at Henry Ford Health Cancer. “The precision and speed of MRIdian has made expedited treatments possible not only for prostate, breast, and lung cancer, but also for traditionally challenging areas such as liver, pancreas, oligometastatic disease, and reirradiation, with many of these treatment courses completing in one to two weeks.”

The new MRIdian A3i features enable Henry Ford clinicians to collaborate simultaneously and connect remotely during patient treatment to make the treatment faster for the patient.

“With MRIdian A3i now at Henry Ford, we look forward to further advancing our cancer care, reducing treatment times, and expanding our clinical offering to include brain treatments with outstanding precision and accuracy,” says Dr. Jennifer Dolan, lead physicist for the MR-guided Radiation program at Henry Ford.

MRIdian A3i also expands existing real-time tissue tracking and automated beam gating functionalities to include multiplanar tracking and gating in up to three planes.

In turn, Henry Ford plans to pioneer brain treatment with MRIdian A3i utilizing the new brain treatment package including the dedicated brain coil and integrated immobilization system.

“Henry Ford Health has been a leader in the field of MR-guided radiation therapy, not only for their clinical firsts but also for their leadership in training and innovative research,” says Scott Drake, president and CEO of ViewRay. “As the first center to treat patients with MRIdian A3i, Henry Ford Health continues to take MR-guided radiation therapy to the next level. We look forward to Henry Ford’s continued leadership and expanding the use of MRIdian A3i to brain treatment.”

Henry Ford Health Cancer is one of the largest cancer programs in Michigan, providing care at five hospitals, 11 outpatient facilities, and hundreds of aligned doctor’s offices throughout southeast and southcentral Michigan.

Henry Ford Health provides a full continuum of services from primary and preventative care, to complex and specialty care, health insurance, a full suite of home health offerings, virtual care, pharmacy, eye care, and other health care retail.

It is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, recognized for clinical excellence in cancer care, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, and multi-organ transplants.

Consistently ranked among the top five NIH-funded institutions in Michigan, Henry Ford Health engages in more than 2,000 research projects annually and trains more than 4,000 medical students, residents, and fellows every year across 50+ accredited programs.

With more than 33,000 employees, Henry Ford Health is also among Michigan’s largest and most diverse employers, including nearly 6,000 physicians and researchers from the Henry Ford Medical Group, Henry Ford Physician Network, and Jackson Health Network.

ViewRay Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets the MRIdian MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy System, which is built upon a proprietary high-definition MR imaging system designed from the ground up to address the unique challenges and clinical workflow for advanced radiation oncology.

Unlike MR systems used in diagnostic radiology, MRIdian’s high-definition MR was purpose-built to address specific challenges, including beam distortion, skin toxicity, and other concerns that potentially may arise when high magnetic fields interact with radiation beams.

To learn more about radiation therapy at Henry Ford Health, visit here.

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