Image Guided Superficial Radiotherapy (IG-SRT)
Available at our Sugar Land office. Image Guided Superficial Radiotherapy (IG-SRT) is a safe and effective alternative to surgery for Squamous and Basal cell carcinomas.
IG-SRT uses low energy, therapeutic x-rays combined with detailed imaging techniques during each treatment session, to precisely destroy cancer cells in the skin. Since the radiation only penetrates a few millimeters in depth, side effects to other organs and normal tissues are limited.
The procedure is painless, and side effects are generally limited to redness and irritation of the skin. IG-SRT an excellent alternative to surgery for skin cancer in sensitive locations such as the lower legs, eyelids, nose or scalp, or for large skin cancers who cannot tolerate surgery due to overall health issues, or patients on blood thinners.
IG-SRT involves little downtime, and patients can continue their busy lifestyles without interruption. Treatments generally takes a few minutes per day and are usually given 3 times a week for several weeks. IG-SRT has also been found useful for the treatment of keloids on the chest, ears, and other locations of the body.
Keloid scars can arise from acne, burns, piercings, and can occur after surgery. Keloids can itch, burn, and be painful, as well grow with time and become cosmetically disfiguring. Surgical removal of a keloid followed by IG-SRT has been found to be an effective way to remove keloid cells and keep the skin smooth, with very low recurrence rates.
To talk with a Dermatologist about IG-SRT and other treatment options for your skin cancer or keloid, please make an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists at Complete Dermatology.