Respiratory synchronized irradiation

Breath synchronized radiation, “deep inspiration breathhold

When chest region is irradiated, a problem arises: during the respiratory cycle, the position of the internal organs (heart, lungs) changes. Rigid rays penetrate into the organs located behind the chest. Thus, with irradiation of the left chest or lymph nodes behind the breast in patients with breast carcinoma, some areas of the heart also appear in the area of irradiation. To minimize the risk of chronic side effects, it is necessary to protect the heart and lungs as much as possible from adverse effects.

For this purpose the team of our experts uses the most modern and innovative technologies.

Four-dimensional breath synchronized radiation therapy (so-called “deep inspiration breathhold”) allows avoiding or significantly reduce the radiation load on the anterior wall of the heart. The use of the “deep inspiration breathhold” (DIBH) technique is particularly useful in patients with a preload on the heart and a high life expectancy, which can significantly reduce the later risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Irradiation is carried out strictly under control during a deep inspiration. With this method, the effect of cardiac distraction from the chest wall is used with a greater filling of the lungs with air. This guarantees a significant reduction in the total dose of heart irradiation, as well as a serious protection of the heart and coronary arteries located close to the chest wall. This method can also reduce the radiation burden on lungs.

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