And mine was non-TOMO IMRT. It took 7 tattoo on me. They had constant alignment problems, each treatment took from 20-55 minutes.
What Sonny had sounds way more efficient. I was under the Novalis machine, and it used 2 snap x-ray cameras. Once in place, they took snap pictures, and when the 2 x-rays were overlayed to the original, then they were good to go. Other lasers in the room and motion detectors made sure that I was always in the exact place I needed to be.
And with my method, they did use a body cast, that was moulded to my shape from the hips down. Did involve stripping and wearing a gown each time. But did not have to drink any water/fluids, and nothing was inserted up my back end like some do.
Unlike Sonny's description of one pass for radiation, the Novalis set-up indexes the entire machine around the table in 7 distinct positions, and from each position, radiation is administered.
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 in place