Varian Medical Systems has introduced a new bronchoscopic brachytherapy applicator set, the Centering Intraluminal Applicator™, that the company says will increase treatment precision and aid comfort for patients suffering from bronchial cancer.
According to the press release, the new system features a novel catheter that enables a centered position of the source in the lumen of the trachea or the bronchus, all the while maintaining an open airway for better ventilation. This 3-centering catheter is designed such that it can be partially or fully extended, thus allowing for a variety of conformations to adapt to each patients unique anatomy.
“This new applicator set helps clinicians to optimize the dose distribution thanks to its ability to center the source at the middle of the bronchial lumen,” says Claudia Andres-Zindler, brachytherapy applicator product manager. “Crucially, it also allows the patient to breathe unaided during treatment.”
Features of the Centering Intralumninal Applicator™ include:
X-ray contrast strip to display the longitudinal axis and the spreading of the baskets. Seldinger guide wire to insert and guide the centering catheter with the baskets into the desired position. 4.7 French catheter with a diameter of 1.59 mm for the source transfer.
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