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Positioning Device to Improve Radiotherapy and Patient Experience

SK2016-125

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

During radiation therapy, treatment is applied to a specific area of the patient’s body over a prescribed period of time. Patient movement during treatment application may reduce the efficacy of the treatment. Current strategies to restrict such movement during treatment may include the use of an enveloping receptacle to enclose the patient, which can cause claustrophobia (in the case of head and neck radiation therapy) or other problems.

This novel process results in an image-based personalized mold that enhances treatment efficacy in a number of ways. Its design includes an open side to encourage patient comfort. Additionally, it can include registration ports for an ultrasound probe to monitor position during therapy, thereby increasing radiotherapy placement.

ADVANTAGES

  • Optimizes patient positioning during radiation therapy

  • Enhances image quality throughout treatment administration

  • Improves efficacy of treatment

  • Reduces claustrophobia

  • Increases patient comfort

MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

  • Between 2017 and 2020, the NIH projects that more than 500,000 patients will receive radiation therapy yearly. This device is appropriate for use in head and neck, thoracic, and pelvic radiotherapy, giving it a large potential market.

AREAS OF APPLICATION

Appropriate for a wide range of radiation therapy including such commonly treated disease sites as prostate, lung, oral cavity and pharynx, colorectum, and esophagus.

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT

Preclinical

PATENT INFORMATION

Provisional filed

LEAD INVESTIGATOR

Joseph Deasy, PhD, Chair, Department of Medical Physics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

CONTACT INFORMATION

Alexandra Buga, MS, MBA, Licensing Associate
Tel: 646-888-1078
E-mail: bugaa@mskcc.org

MSK Internal Code: SK2016-125

 

Stage of Development

Design/Prototype