BodyFIX Without Wrap Works for Radiotherapy Immobilization

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BodyFIX Without Wrap Works for Radiotherapy Immobilization
BodyFIX Without Wrap Works for Radiotherapy Immobilization

FRIDAY, Dec. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The BodyFIX without wrap is suitable for clinical immobilization during radiotherapy, according to a study published online Dec. 20 in the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences.

Catherine Hubie, from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Australia, and colleagues randomized 45 patients to one of three immobilization devices during radiotherapy: the Q fix arm shuttle, BodyFIX without wrap, or BodyFIX with wrap. Patients were imaged before and after treatment to determine intra-fraction and inter-fraction motion.

The researchers found that the BodyFIX without wrap was the more accurate device, although the differences between the devices were not statistically significant. Compared to the arm shuttle and the BodyFIX without wrap, the BodyFIX with wrap was found to take significantly longer to set up and set down (all P < 0.001). When surveyed, 37 percent of patients preferred the BodyFIX with wrap, while 81 percent of staff preferred the BodyFIX without wrap.

"Immobilization using the BodyFIX without wrap was deemed to be suitable for clinical use," the authors write. "It was a clinically accurate device, the more efficient in terms of set up and set down time, the most preferred by staff, and was accepted by patients."

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