PMID: 2394624Aug 1, 1990Paper

Minimization of small bowel volume within treatment fields utilizing customized "belly boards"

International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
T G ShanahanT J Kinsella

Abstract

Thirty consecutive patients with pelvic malignancies were evaluated prospectively for the impact of a novel bowel minimization device ("belly board") on the volume of small bowel included within a four field pelvic radiation plan. A customized polyurethane and styrofoam bowel immobilization mold was created for each patient in the prone position. Using contrast enhanced CT scanning on a dedicated radiation treatment planning scanner, we imaged the location of the small intestine in the supine position and the prone position aided by the "belly board". Custom in-house interactive image analysis software was developed to allow volumetric determination of small bowel within the treatment portals. The mean small bowel volume was reduced by 66% (299 cm3 to 102 cm3), comparing the standard supine position to the prone position assisted by the "belly board". In 13 patients without prior pelvic surgery, the small bowel volume reduction was a more dramatic 74% (334 cm3 to 88 cm3). All patients were found to benefit from this prone "belly board" setup regardless of body habitus, weight, and age. Compliance with the set-up including use of bladder distension was excellent. All patients completed their pelvic radiotherapy without requiring...Continue Reading

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