New for the AAPM 49th Annual Meeting is the SAVI applicator from BioLucent, Inc. Created to provide multicatheter, single-entry breast brachytherapy, SAVI combines the tissue-sparing dosimetry of interstitial brachytherapy with the single-entry ease of balloon brachytherapy. SAVI's multicatheter, expandable applicator is designed to deliver a conformal, precisely targeted dose of radiation.
This unique capability may make the benefits of accelerated partial breast irradiation available to a larger group of women.
For use in radiation treatment after a lumpectomy, the SAVI applicator allows a controlled dose of radiation to be administered into each individual catheter. The ability to contour the radiation dose distinguishes SAVI from other intracavitary devices. This hybrid device is designed to give more flexibility in treatment planning to the radiation oncologist and physicist.