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CT Simulation Planning Session

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To be effective, radiation therapy must be aimed precisely at the same target or targets every treatment. Before we start treatments, we need to do what is called a simulation planning session. It involves:
  • Doing CT scan of your body and marking your skin to help your team direct the beams of radiation safely and exactly to their intended locations

  • Positioning you on the simulation machine in the exact position you will be in during the actual treatment

  • Using immobilization devices - molds, casts, headrests or other devices - to help you remain in the same position during the entire treatment.

  • Marking your skin and/or the immobilization devices either with a bright, temporary paint or a set of small, permanent tattoos.