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Radiology Support Devices unveils Breathing Phantom designed for radiation therapy quality assurance

Radiology Support Devices : 11 December, 2007  (New Product)
Radiology Support Devices (RSD) has unveiled the company’s new Breathing Phantom designed for radiation therapy quality assurance at the 49th annual American Society for Therapeutic Radiology And Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Los Angeles, USA.
'We are very pleased to unveil our new Breathing Phantom at this year’s ASTRO meeting,' said Matthew Alderson, President of RSD. 'Ultimately patients will benefit as the Breathing Phantom helps compensate for tumour motion without significantly irradiating the surrounding normal tissue.'

The breathing phantom torso mannequin is a complex plastic simulation of a human torso including lungs, ribcage/chest-wall bone, skin and sub-dermis, and an independently movable tumour within one of the lung volumes. Under the programmed application of increasing and decreasing air pressure, the phantom lungs fill and empty air to replicate human lung function. Chest movement of one cm and more can be programmed. As the lungs expand and contract, the simulated ribcage bones move as does the anterior and anterio-lateral skin surface.

Under the independently programmed application of air pressure to one of several industry standard pneumatic motion actuators, target motion within one lung is accomplished. The materials and composition of the phantom are devised to be a realistic simulation of the physical form of a human thorax and to the radiological image properties.
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