Drawing marks on a patient’s skin, or marking dots with a permanent tattoo has been a common step in the process of radiation therapy.
The role of the marks and tattoos was historically to allow your radiation team to know exactly where to treat each day. These small tattoos and skin marks can provide alignment to the desired treatment area and are used as a guide at each of your radiation treatment visits. On average, patients receive three to four marks.
In certain cases, AlignRT can eliminate the need for tattoos and permanent markers.
62% of people had negative feelings about permanent tattoos during their radiation treatment.
70% of patients had negative feelings about skin marks
78% of patients would prefer tattoo and mark-free treatment even if additional efforts required additional costs distance and time.