The new open‐face mask improves comfort and tolerability for patients, particularly those with moderate claustrophobic anxiety
According to the research，The open‐face mask is characterized for its immobilization capability and can immobilize patients sufficiently during radiotherapy provides a clinical solution to the immobilization of patients with head and neck (HN) cancer undergoing radiotherapy, and is particularly beneficial for claustrophobic patients. This new open‐face mask is readily adopted in radiotherapy clinic as a superior alternative to the standard full‐head mask.
We have established and characterized a new precut open‐face thermoplastic mask for immobilization of patients with head and neck, cervical spine, and brain cancer during radiotherapy. Using real‐time OSI, absolute head motion during 15 minutes or more on the treatment couch was found to be approximately for both healthy volunteers and patients with claustrophobia. Mask‐locking‐induced head shifts and rotations were quantified and accounted for as the uncertainty in conventional setup.
The open‐face mask opening (with reinforced strips) does not reduce the strength of the mask, in comparison with the full‐head mask. The new open‐face mask improves comfort and tolerability for patients, particularly those with moderate claustrophobic anxiety, and can be readily applied in clinical practice.
REFERENCES:《Migration from full‐head mask to “open‐face” mask for immobilization of patients with head and neck cancer》 First published:06 September 2013; Guang Li| D. Michael Lovelock ｜James Mechalakos | Shyam Rao |Cesar Della‐Biancia |Howard Amols |Nancy Lee