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Journal of Oncology
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 752135, 10 pages
Review Article

Recent Advances in Image-Guided Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Carcinoma

Department of Radiation Oncology, Rebecca and John Moores Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0843, USA

Received 1 April 2009; Revised 29 May 2009; Accepted 3 June 2009

Academic Editor: Paul Harari

Copyright © 2009 Sameer K. Nath et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Radiotherapy has a well-established role in the management of head and neck cancers. Over the past decade, a variety of new imaging modalities have been incorporated into the radiotherapy planning and delivery process. These technologies are collectively referred to as image-guided radiotherapy and may lead to significant gains in tumor control and radiation side effect profiles. In the following review, these techniques as they are applied to head and neck cancer patients are described, and clinical studies analyzing their use in target delineation, patient positioning, and adaptive radiotherapy are highlighted. Finally, we conclude with a brief discussion of potential areas of further radiotherapy advancement.