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The Game Changer Technology in Cancer Treatment

The World’s Best

Built by Elekta & Philips, the pioneers in the field, MR Linac has the most powerful high-field (1.5 Tesla) MRI system and next-generation linear accelerator technology.

The First in India

Yashoda Hospitals is the First and Only Hospital in India to have this superior, revolutionary technology.

What is MR Linac?

MR Linac (Magnetic Resonance Linear Accelerator) is an innovative technology that combines a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device with a linear accelerator, offering a groundbreaking approach to cancer treatment. This technology allows for real-time visualisation of the tumour during radiotherapy, providing precise monitoring and positioning of the radiation beams directly over the tumour.


An innovative approach to ensure personalised and optimised care every step of the way.


MR Linac integrates MRI and radiotherapy to treat various types of cancer, particularly those affecting soft tissues. Unlike traditional systems, the MR-Linac delivers radiation beams while simultaneously monitoring the target area using MRI. This unique combination of technologies empowers physicians to have exceptional control over radiation delivery by visualising internal anatomy and the tumour in real time. They can personalise and adapt each treatment with unprecedented precision and accuracy.

By merging a high-strength MRI machine with a linear accelerator, the MR-Linac enables highly accurate radiation treatment in a single device. The MRI component produces high-definition, real-time images of the tumour, while the linear accelerator maintains precise focus on the tumour, delivering targeted high-energy beams. This synergy between MRI and radiotherapy ensures unparalleled accuracy and effectiveness in delivering radiation treatment to patients.

What are the advantages of MR LINAC over Conventional Radiotherapy?

MR Linac technology, a breakthrough in radiotherapy applications, allows for adaptive monitoring of the changes in the size and shape of the tumour before and during treatment, enabling precise delivery of high doses of radiation to the tumour.

With superior imaging capabilities compared to CT, the 1.5 Tesla MR-Linac device provides detailed visualisation of tumours, surrounding tissue, edema, and inflammation. This high-definition MRI-based radiation therapy allows for accurate tumour demarcation and personalised targeting of tumour cells while sparing normal tissue.

The advantages of MR Linac technology lead to significantly improved clinical outcomes, including improved local control, decreased toxicity, and a shorter course of treatment, thereby expanding the scope of radiotherapy.

Clinical Application of MR LINAC

Prostate Cancer

Head & Neck Cancer

Rectum Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

Breast Cancer

Brain Cancer

Bladder Cancer

Liver Cancer

Lung Cancer

Gynecologic Cancer


Stomach Cancer

Key Features

Real Time Visualisation
Real Time Visualisation

Due to body functions or changes in body composition, many tumours move during treatment and in between sessions. With its fast real-time visualisation capabilities, MR Linac helps to continually monitor these changes and re-optimize treatment plans.

Adaptive Personalization
Adaptive Personalization

Every patient has unique treatment needs, and by visualising the tumour's position, size, and shape, MR Linac ensures high-precision tumour targeting while minimising damage to surrounding tissues.

Dynamic Seamless Session
Dynamic Seamless Session

With real-time adaptive capabilities, radiation is delivered with continuous target visualisation throughout the treatment process, allowing for real-time adaptation and adjustment of treatment plans to ensure optimal outcomes.

360° Care
360° Care

MR Linac provides a comprehensive 360-degree view of the patient, leaving no room for the tumour to hide. This allows for accurate targeting of the tumour and delivers precise treatment.

AI Empowered
AI Empowered

Enabled with intelligent software, MR Linac provides enhanced soft-tissue contrast and functional information for optimised radiotherapy treatment. This AI-powered technology ensures the most effective and personalised care.

High Precision
High Precision

MR Linac's high field MRI provides pinpoint accuracy, unparalleled soft tissue contrast, and real-time imaging for tumour tracking and targeting during radiation therapy.

Enhanced Safety
Enhanced Safety

MR-Linac allows for daily dose reshaping and treatment adaptation, maximising the radiation dose delivered to the tumour while minimising radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue, lowering the risk of complications, and improving progression-free survival rates.

Best Outcomes
Best Outcomes

With optimised radiotherapy treatment enabled by real-time visualisation and adaptive personalization, MR Linac is designed to deliver the best possible treatment outcomes.

MR Linac Treatment Plan

When receiving treatment with MR Linac, your clinical team will provide a detailed explanation of the treatment process. Here is a concise overview of what you can expect:




Before starting radiation therapy, your doctor will discuss treatment options, potential side effects, and address your questions or concerns.




Special images of the body's interior using CT scans or MRI scans will provide information about the tumour's location, size, shape, and nearby organs.




The expert team will determine the prescribed radiation dose as well as the precise radiation delivery sites by creating an individualised treatment plan.




At the start of each session, a new MRI scan will be conducted and compared to the planning scans, and adjustments to the treatment plan will be made accordingly.

After each treatment session, you can go home. Following the completion of radiation therapy, regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled for up to five years to monitor your condition. Attending these appointments is crucial, even if you feel well.

Our Team

Our dedicated team at Yashoda Hospitals is committed to providing you with the highest standard of care using this advanced technology.

“MR Linac at Yashoda Hospitals is the first of its kind in India, offering state-of-the-art technology that is transforming healthcare by integrating advanced imaging with radiation therapy, enabling medical professionals across multiple specialties to deliver personalised and precise treatments for enhanced patient care.”


With the World’s Best & India’s First-MR Linac, Yashoda Hospitals is setting new standards in cancer treatment to help transform your journey to recovery.


1. What is MR Linac, and how does it work in cancer treatment?

MR LINACs (MRLs) are hybrid LINACs with a 1.5 Tesla MRI integrated into a Linear Accelerator. This combines real-time imaging and precise radiation therapy, which enhances treatment accuracy and reduces side effects, ultimately leading to improved treatment outcomes and a better quality of life.

2. How is MR Linac different from traditional cancer treatment methods?

The 1.5T MRI provides detailed visualization of the tumor and surrounding healthy tissues, enabling accurate delivery of radiation through adaptive treatment strategies like adapt to position (change in position) or adapt to shape (change in shape and/or size). Real-time imaging during radiation sessions tracks tumors and normal organs, facilitating dynamic adaptation by radiation oncologists.

3. What types of cancer can MR Linac be used to treat?

MR Linac can be used to treat all types of cancer, including cancers of the head and neck, cervix, breast, esophagus, lung, liver, prostate, pancreas, rectum, and benign and malignant brain tumors.

4. What are the potential benefits of using MR Linac in cancer treatment?

Potential benefits for patients undergoing radiation on MR LINAC are precision radiotherapy with improved tumor and normal structure visualization, real-time imaging, adaptive treatment planning, reduced normal tissue toxicity, improved patient safety, greater treatment flexibility, potential dose escalation, improved outcomes, and research opportunities.

5. How does MR Linac improve the accuracy of cancer treatment?

On the day of radiation, a pre-treatment MRI scan is done. This is followed by adaptive planning, involving real-time adjustments to cancer/tumor position, shape, or size and normal structures based on the pre-treatment scan. Subsequently, radiation is administered according to the daily treatment plan, during which real-time MRI tracking of cancer/tumor and normal structures is done. These integrated steps collectively contribute to minimizing side effects and enhancing treatment outcomes with less mortality.

6. Can MR Linac reduce the side effects of cancer treatment?

MR guided Adaptive Radiotherapy (MRgRT) allows for the tracking of cancer/tumor and normal structures, as well as the reduction of planning margins, which helps minimize radiation to normal structures and reduce side effects.

7. What factors determine whether a patient is a good candidate for MR Linac treatment?

Any cancer patient who has no contraindications to having an MRI can receive MR Linac treatment.

8. How long does a typical MR Linac treatment session last?

A typical MR Linac treatment session lasts 30-45 minutes, but in the case of Stereotactic MR guided Adaptive Radiotherapy, it can last up to 60 minutes.

9. Is MR Linac treatment covered by insurance?

Yes, it is covered under most insurances, and our insurance help desk can assist you with the process.

10. Are there any risks or potential complications associated with MR Linac treatment?

No, it is a safe treatment that has been approved by all international bodies worldwide, and many world-class cancer institutes have been using MR Linac for more than 4-5 years.

11. Can MR Linac treatment be performed on children with cancer?

Yes, it can be performed safely for children with cancer.

12. How long does it take to see results from MR Linac treatment?

Typically, after undergoing radiation therapy, patients are evaluated at 2-3 month intervals to assess their response to treatment.

13. What precautions should patients take before and after MR Linac treatment?

Patients should not eat for at least 1-2 hours following radiation and should not carry any metal objects into the radiation treatment room.

14. Are follow-up appointments required after MR Linac treatment?

Yes, follow-ups are required to assess the response to treatment.

15. Is MR Linac treatment available at all cancer treatment centers in India?

No, MR Linac is exclusively available for the first time in India at Yashoda Hospitals, Hitec City, Hyderabad, Telangana.

16. How does MR Linac treatment affect the patient's quality of life?

With adaptive treatments, reduced side effects, personalized treatment, improved accuracy with real time imaging, fewer sessions, and monitoring treatment response, MR Linac positively impacts the quality of life for patients undergoing treatment.

17. How do doctors determine the appropriate sessions of radiation for MR Linac treatment?

The number of radiation sessions required is determined by the stage of the cancer. For example, for low-risk and intermediate-risk prostate cancer, we can consider 5 sessions of radiation over 1-2 weeks. Similarly, women aged 40-45 with stage I breast cancer, ER/PR +ve, HER2/neu -ve, node negative, and no high risk features can be considered for 5 MR Linac radiation sessions.

18. Can MR Linac treatment be used for cancers that have spread to other parts of the body?

Yes, it can be used. However, it will be determined on a case-by-case basis after consultation with the Multidisciplinary Tumour Board (MDT). The terms Oligometastatic Disease and Oligoprogression have been introduced in cancer staging. When a patient has very few metastases (less than 3-5 sites) in addition to primary cancer, curative radiation treatments may be considered.

19. Is MR Linac treatment effective for all stages of cancer?

MR Linac treatment can be effective for various stages of cancer. However, the suitability of the treatment depends on the specific diagnosis, cancer stage, and individual patient factors. The radiation oncologist will determine the most appropriate treatment plan after a thorough assessment of the cancer diagnosis and staging.

20. How do patients prepare for a MR Linac treatment session?

Patients prepare for MR Linac treatment sessions after discussing the treatment plan with the radiation oncologist. This involves removing metal objects from the body and undergoing immobilization, imaging, and simulation. The radiation oncologist provides pre-treatment instructions, including fasting and medication guidelines, for all treatment sessions.

21. Is the cost of MR Linac treatment comparable to other cancer treatment options?

MR Linac precision radiotherapy, with its advanced features such as real-time imaging, adaptive treatment planning, and real-time MRI monitoring during radiation, costs slightly more compared to conventional Linac-based treatments.

22. What support services are available to patients receiving MR Linac treatment?

For patients undergoing MR Linac radiation therapy, Yashoda Hospitals, Hitec City, offers support services such as financial counselling, guest accommodations, and transportation at nominal prices.

23. How quickly can a patient begin MR Linac treatment after being diagnosed with cancer?

Treatment can begin as soon as the radiation oncologist finalises the radiation plan, which usually takes 4-7 days.

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