Put Respiratory Motion on Hold . . .Enhanced Breathing Precision for Procedures Targeting the Lungs and Upper Abdomen
Whether in radiation therapy (RT), interventional radiology or the MRI suite, respiratory motion is a frustrating reality in most medical procedures involving the lungs and upper abdomen. Because patient respiratory patterns and breath-holds often cannot be reliably reproduced, physicians are literally chasing a moving target. This may compromise diagnostic precision and even place healthy tissue at risk.
While some respiratory motion control technologies are available for RT and MRI use, the results are often less than satisfactory. Therefore, many facilities continue to treat with free breathing.
A New Paradigm in Respiratory Motion Control
Medspira Breath Hold provides a new paradigm in respiratory motion control. Developed by physicians at Mayo Clinic, the device enables patients to accurately self-monitor their own breath-holds or controlled shallow breathing based on biofeedback provided by an easy-to-read display. The device provides efficient, convenient and affordable respiratory motion control that also has been shown to shave time off many procedures.
Designed for Streamlined Operation
Requiring minimal set-up and easy to use, Breath Hold works by measuring changes in abdominal girth due to patient respiration. It combines an expandable bellows system and transducer tube, which wraps around the patient’s chest or stomach to gauge lung pressure. For monitoring, a reference point, typically either an inhale or exhale, is selected. After selection, the monitor’s central lights communicate when patients have reached their respiratory targets, while additional lights visually alert them if they stray from their desired hold position. To support a reproducible shallow respiratory pattern, patients strive to keep their breathing within a central group of lights.
Portable, Comfortable, Affordable
Breath Hold enables a full range of specialists previously unable to address the problems of respiratory motion to help take control. It also provides a practical, versatile alternative for RT suite with more complex, time-consuming motion control technology already in place.
Empower Patients to Take Control!