Alberta-made Linac-MR machine combining MRI and radiation could revolutionize cancer treatments

Karen Bartko - 03 February 2023

A machine designed and built in Edmonton is being hailed as a medical breakthrough, expected to revolutionize the way cancer is fought.

“It’s not often you see in your career, an innovation where you can see a new technology that’s going to be able to change how you treat patients,” Dr. Nawaid Usmani said of the Linac-MR machine.

The technology is capable of delivering radiation while also simultaneously obtaining high-contrast and high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) — providing the world’s most advanced radiation therapy for treatment of tumours.

It was a process once thought impossible in the science and medical community.