Brainlab has announced that clinicians at UZ Brussel in Belgium are the first to treat patients with the company's deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) image-guided surgery technology.
The technology aims to streamline image-guided and surface-guided radiation therapy for breast cancer patients. When a patient takes a deep breath, the distance between the heart and the chest cavity is increased, reducing the risk of cardiac toxicity during breast cancer treatment.
Brainlab said its DIBH technology augments this phenomenon with a thermal signature and adds synchronized x-ray images to the workflow to increase accuracy and clinician confidence.
Brainlab installed ExacTrac Dynamic Patient Positioning and Monitoring systems at UZ Brussel in 2020. The system's integration with most linear accelerators allows for thermal-surface triggered beam gating and repositioning, the company said.