1319 - The use of Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) in the treatment of cancer

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Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

IGRT is a procedure which occurs prior to, during and/or at the completion of a radiotherapy treatment session to ensure accuracy of radiation therapy treatment delivery.

This application relates to more advanced systems which allow high-quality medical images to be processed in the treatment room before and/or during treatment in real time. The review and assessment of the images enables trained staff to make adjustment to the patient or machine positional parameters, ensuring the radiation is more accurately and precisely focused on the tumour target.

Description of Medical Condition

Cancer is a range of diseases where abnormal cells grow rapidly and can spread uncontrolled throughout the body. These cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding tissue and spread (metastasize) to distant parts of the body. Many patients live for a number of years with a diagnosis of cancer, potentially requiring ongoing intervention to support quality of life.

Other non-malignant lesions are also appropriately treated with radiation therapy, such as benign intracranial tumours and extracranial lesions.

Reason for Application

New MBS item

Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form


PICO Confirmation

13 - 14 December 2012
Final Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (PDF 1878 KB)
Final Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (Word 201 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 153 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 158 KB)

Consumer Friendly Public Summary Document (PSD)

Consumer Friendly PSD (PDF 253 KB)
Consumer Friendly PSD (Word 17 KB)

Consumer Friendly PSDs - The Basics

The Basics (PDF 190 KB)
The Basics (Word 29 KB)

Meetings for this Application


6 to 7 August 2012
13 to 14 December 2012


12 to 13 June 2014


26 to 28 November 2014
1 to 2 April 2015