Technology | July 20, 2008

Head, Neck Treatment Get Personalized Support

Head, Neck Treatment Get Personalized Support

CIVCO Medical Solutions' new Individual Head Support is said to provide customized head and neck positioning during radiation therapy treatment and diagnostic procedures. Using specially shaped impression foam combined with fabric-coated thermoplastic, the Individual Head Support gives clinicians the power to customize position and support to each patient.
The flexibility of the heated thermoplastic allows easy molding of the impression foam to the individual patient’s anatomy, maximizing both patient comfort and reproducibility of positioning. Once cooled, the thermoplastic binds the foam to the molded shape. The fabric-coated thermoplastic will not adhere to hair or skin. The Individual Head Support has been used with traditional thermoplastic masks, as well as with more rigid head frames, to deliver stereotactic radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery.

The Individual Head Support reportedly offers enhanced fixation, stability and comfort while minimizing movement of the patient. The Individual Head Support is available with Type-S or Posifix baseplates and either lateral or supine shapes.

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