August 12, 2013 — Orfit Industries America announced the launch of the Open Face Hybrid Mask. The new, reinforced Open Face Hybrid Mask has been designed to optimize patient comfort during radiation therapy of the head and neck areas, while enabling the same and, in many cases, better reproducibility and higher-precision treatment than standard head and neck masks.
In a November 2012 abstract in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, a team from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York reported preliminary data showing the open face mask leads to better immobilization of the cranium and lower jaw than a conventional mask typically used in radiation oncology treatment. Based on approximately 160 registrations of pre- and post-treatment kV imaging, researchers concluded that an open face mask provided robust immobilization and could be safely considered for use in radiation therapy for claustrophobic patients and potentially for all head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.
The Open Face Hybrid Mask leaves most of the face uncovered, thereby reducing the discomfort and high anxiety experienced by claustrophobic and most patients undergoing head and neck radiation therapy. Reinforced with Orfit's proprietary thermoplastic materials, the new mask is also thinner and lighter than standard masks, while ensuring maximum horizontal and rotational stability. Like all thermoplastic materials made by Orfit, it is easy to mold and use, providing excellent reproducibility. The open face mask is compatible with real-time patient tracking systems, which monitor intra-fraction patient movement, helping to ensure correct patient setup and accuracy of treatment.
"The Orfit Open Face Hybrid Mask is a transformational product for patients and providers in the radiation oncology clinical setting," said Martin J. Ratner, Orfit Industries America vice president of sales and marketing. "We listened closely to our customers, including many of the leading cancer centers in North America, in applying our technology in thermoplastics to develop a product that for the first time enables two of the principal goals in radiation therapy – effective immobilization and increased patient comfort."
The company is currently developing a similar mask for pediatric use.
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