News | February 27, 2012

Medspira Debuts Breath Hold ES for Respiratory Motion Control in MRI and Oncology Applications

February 27, 2012 — Medspira introduced at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) 2012 conference Breath Hold ES (extra sensitive) with ultra-precise breathing pattern visualization optimized for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams as well as diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy (RT) procedures involving the lungs and upper abdomen.

Like the Breath Hold respiratory monitoring system, Breath Hold ES enables patients to self-monitor their breathing patterns based on biofeedback delivered by the device’s visual display. It registers respiratory motion in smaller increments than the original Breath Hold model for greater precision in breathing control. This is beneficial in abdominal and cardiac MRI exams, which can be significantly affected by breathing inconsistencies, and RT in both the planning and delivery stages. 

Greater patient breathing control leads to enhanced imaging precision for the development of RT treatment plans as well as a potentially more accurate targeting of desired treatment areas when delivering the therapy.

The Breath Hold ES registers breathing motion on its LED light display at levels ranging from 0.5 to 2 mm of chest movement.  In addition, it provides an enhanced signal between the technologist’s remote control and the patient Breath Hold unit to communicate through the protective bunkers that surround the equipment area, enabling technicians in the control room to follow the patient’s breathing motion in real time. 

“The impact of respiratory motion on lengthy abdominal and cardiac MRI exams has long been a frustrating problem that can significantly affect image quality,” comments Ryan Gruening, vice president of sales and marketing for Medspira.  “To compensate, one strategy has been to direct patients in the already intimidating MRI environment to attempt a series of long, unaided breath-holds.  As a result, these holds are often inaccurate and difficult for patients.  Another strategy has been to simply allow patients to free breathe and to attempt some degree of compensation when either processing or reading the image.”

Like other Breath Hold products, new Breath Hold ES combines an expandable bellows system and pressure sensitive transducer tube, which wraps around the patient’s chest or stomach to measure changes in abdominal girth due to patient respiration. For breath-hold monitoring, a reference point, typically either inhaling or exhaling, is selected.  After selection, the central monitor light communicates when patients have reached their respiratory target, while additional lights visually alert them if they stray from their desired hold position.  To support a reproducible shallow respiratory pattern, patients work to keep their breathing within a central group of lights. 

Since its introduction in 2009, the Breath Hold product line has already been adopted by numerous hospitals and other medical facilities worldwide. 

For more information: www.medspira.com

Related Content

Youth Football Changes Nerve Fibers in Brain

Statistically significant clusters (red-colored) showing group differences (Control vs. Football) in white matter strain along the primary (F1) and secondary (F2) fibers. While body of corpus callosum (BBC) showed relative shrinkage in Football group, the other clusters showed relative stretching of fibers. PCR: Posterior Corona Radiata, PLIC: Posterior Limb of Internal Capsule, SCR: Superior Corona Radiata, SLF: Superior Longitudinal Fasciculus, SCC: Splenium of Corpus Callosum. Image courtesy of Kim et al.

News | Neuro Imaging | December 07, 2018
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans show repetitive blows to the head result in brain changes among youth football...
Siemens Healthineers Debuts Magnetom Altea 1.5T MRI Scanner
Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | December 06, 2018
During the 104th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 25-30...
GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison Platform
Technology | Artificial Intelligence | December 05, 2018
GE Healthcare recently announced new applications and smart devices built on Edison – a platform that helps accelerate...
Sponsored Content | Videos | Radiation Oncology | November 30, 2018
Accuray's philosophy is to personalize treatments to exactly fit the patient.
Snoring Poses Greater Cardiac Risk to Women
News | Women's Health | November 29, 2018
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring may lead to earlier impairment of cardiac function in women than in men,...
Vital Showcases Enterprise Imaging Advances at RSNA 2018

Global Illumination from Vital Images

News | Enterprise Imaging | November 28, 2018
Vital, a Canon Group company, will highlight the latest additions to its enterprise imaging portfolio at the 2018...
Artificial Intelligence May Help Reduce Gadolinium Dose in MRI

Example of full-dose, 10 percent low-dose and algorithm-enhanced low-dose. Image courtesy of Enhao Gong, Ph.D.

News | Contrast Media | November 27, 2018
Researchers are using artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce the dose of a contrast agent that may be left behind in...
Arterys Demonstrates AI Cloud-Based Medical Image Analysis Solutions at RSNA 2018
News | Computer-Aided Detection Software | November 26, 2018
Medical imaging software company Arterys will demonstrate its wide-ranging suite of artificial intelligence (AI)-...
HeartVista Announces One Click Autonomous MRI Solution
News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | November 25, 2018
HeartVista announced its artificial intelligence (AI)-driven, One-Click Autonomous MRI acquisition software for cardiac...