BrainLAB has announced the availability of its ExacTrac Infrared Monitoring device, which can be added to radiotherapy setups to track patients’ position during treatment. The system can then be used to compensate for patient motion, including periodic movement due to breathing. This motion correction technology will allow doctors to minimize damage to healthy tissue by administering a more precisely targeted dose of radiation.
From the press release:
Cone Beam CT (CBCT) is a common tool used by many cancer care centers for patient setup; however, it does not track patient position changes that can occur during treatment. The ExacTrac Infrared Monitoring ceiling-mounted device tracks the patient position throughout treatment delivery, giving clinicians more confidence for targeted radiation treatment.
A small shift from the initial patient setup can result in damage to normal tissue surrounding the tumor. The Brainlab technology uses infrared tracking to continually monitor the patient’s position and check the reference position. ExacTrac Infrared Monitoring can be used during treatment of a wide range of indications, including cranial, head & neck, prostate, lung, liver and spine.