Why brachytherapy for bronchus and esophagus?
Elekta offers two advanced applicators for lung and other intraluminal brachytherapy applications. The LumenCare® Azure Applicator is specifically designed to improve the delivery of lung cancer brachytherapy treatments, expanding the treatable area.
“The more flexible and kink-resistant material of the LumenCare Azure makes it much easier to reach tumors in the upper lobe, an area where many of the lung tumors tend to occur.”
The Bonvoisin-Gérard esophageal applicator is designed to assist in the treatment of an endoscopically obstructed esophagus. By using this special dilation applicator with tapered flexible tip, the treatment area can be reached by bouginage. The bougie tube will also assist in centering the treatment catheter internally to minimize the mucosal dose, while ensuring optimal depth dose penetration of the esophageal wall. Radiographic markers on the bougie tube aid in fluoroscopic placement and localization of the applicator.
The LumenCare Azure applicator set offers clinicians an excellent solution for lung brachytherapy applications. It is specifically designed to improve the delivery of lung cancer brachytherapy treatments, expanding the treatable area.
The esophageal applicator is designed for direct insertion into the esophagus. The applicator can be positioned orally under fluoroscopy or endoscopic examination. It is provided with an additional outer layer to reduce the dose to the esophageal mucosa and support applicator integrity.
This step is not always done when it comes to bronchus and esophagus, in some cases a CT will be done which will be used for the treatment planning. In case of esophagus this could be a standard plan.
LumenCare® applicator – Image courtesy of the UZL Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium
Designing the optimal dose distribution can be a time-consuming job. The latest version of Oncentra Brachy offers a series of useful tools that simplify many repetitive tasks, such as contouring and reconstruction. Oncentra Brachy buys you time to focus on what counts: creating the optimal dose distribution.
Oncentra Brachy also helps you optimize treatment plan accuracy, providing easy navigation to any plane that offers the most relevant information per region of interest. Template solutions for repetitive tasks, such as the new Implant Modeling tool and the popular Applicator Modeling feature, help reduce implant reconstruction time. DVH presets and the ROI Catalog Manager can help improve accuracy and reproducibility. Powerful inverse planning optimization automates volume-based planning, making the process fast and efficient.
Reduce implant reconstruction time
Dose distribution calculated by ACE
Implant modeling tool
Automatic dose optimization
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Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, United Kingdom
The BrachyAcademy comprises a complete peer-to-peer medical education library and includes programs such as clinical workshops and training visits to leading hospitals worldwide.
Elekta also offers the only online brachytherapy portal for patients including awareness materials:
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