3D Conformal Radiation Therapy (CRT)

Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D CRT) is a common radiation therapy used to treat cancers in many parts of the body. 3D CRT utilizes radiation beams that are shaped to enter the patient from multiple angles in such a way that it spares as much healthy tissues as possible. The name "conformal" is derived from the technique of shaping the beams to conform to the shape of the tumor. Patients usually receive these treatments daily for durations of up to seven weeks.
UAB radiation oncology physicians possess decades of experience in the treatment of a wide range of cancers, and all are experienced in administering 3D CRT treatments. 3D CRT has distinct advantages when compared to other forms of treatment. It uses special computers to precisely map the location of the tumor or tumors. Radiation beams are shaped and aimed at the tumor(s) from several directions, which makes it less likely to damage normal tissues. Each patient has an initial consultation to determine suitability for radiation treatment. The next step before treatment is simulation, the process of creating the optimal strategy to treat the cancer. Sometimes a custom, immobilization device will be designed to ensure the patient remains still during treatment, then a CT scan is performed to help develop the treatment plan. 


UAB Radiation Oncology offers a wide range of advanced treatment techniques in radiation therapy including triggered imaging radiosurgery, Gamma Knife surgery, medical dosimetry, Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy, Brachytherapy, External Beam Radiation Therapy, Image-Guided Radiotherapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, radioisotope therapy, Stereotactic body radiation therapy, Total Body Irradiation, and Total Skin Irradiation.

In keeping with our position as a leading academic medical center, UAB’s research is at the forefront of medicine, providing our patients with the latest and most innovative medical treatment and technology. Our physicians utilize state-of-the-art technology that can precisely target tumors while sparing healthy tissue.

UAB physicians, nurses, and clinical staff create and encourage a supportive and caring environment for patients. They understand what it is like to be on the patient side of the table and consider that in every stage of care. They encourage patients to take an active and informed role in their health and treatment, while tailoring care plans and guidance to each patient’s individual needs.

We recognize that delivering the best clinical outcomes is our primary goal, but we also understand that how we deliver those outcomes determines the overall quality of your interaction with us. When we work in the laboratory, we realize that that our families and future generations are counting on us to develop novel clinical solutions to today’s health problems. When we teach tomorrow’s healthcare professionals, we are shaping tomorrow’s leaders in clinical care and research. When we treat today’s patients, we are aiding the great leaders of tomorrow.

UAB Radiation Oncology clinicians are at the forefront of modern medicine. Their work with the greatest medical minds of today, along with their training of the physicians and researchers of tomorrow, leaves them well-versed in the latest clinical practices and in the creation of promising treatment options for tomorrow.








UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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