High dose rate (HDR) surface brachytherapy is a technique used to treat various types of skin lesions including basal and squamous cell carcinoma. Due to the set up and cost, it's also one of the most expensive therapy treatments on the market. Adaptiiv's HDR Surface Brachytherapy module enables centers to produce patient-specific applicators with customizable catheter positions that follow the patient's exact anatomy.
Our software can convert DICOM data taken from patient CT scans and turn them into a digital model which can be printed, no matter how large, small, or complex. There is no intensive training required to use our software enabled solution which fully integrates with existing treatment planning systems.
We provide the 3D printers and materials or centers can use their own. Centers don't need to outsource patient data in order to create devices—when the hardware is combined with our software, centers are able to care for patients immediately in-house and adapt to treatment changes quickly. Plus, our printers go through a rigorous QC process adapted for printing medical devices.
3D printed brachytherapy applicators are created to conform perfectly to individual body shapes. Our recommended filaments go through a QC process unique to printing ancillary medical accessories. We track inventory and restock materials so centers and patients can focus on what's most important.
Traditionally, brachytherapy applicators are constructed using two types of techniques — a layered wax applicator whose creation and set up exhaust the time and availability of senior staff, or a moldable sheet applicator that exhausts budgets. We wanted to find a solution that was accessible to all levels of staff and funding.
Because creating a surface brachytherapy applicator and placing the catheters is a long, precise process, this procedure was often passed to only the most experienced staff which created longer wait times and reduced patient capacity. Finding the time to train new staff in these techniques is frustrating for many centers.
Once you train a staff member on other Adaptiiv modules, they are ready to be trained in the minor adjustments it makes to create a surface brachytherapy applicator. The software, hardware, and printing processes all remain the same.
Whether centers offered layered wax applicators or the Freiburg Flap, each applicator required extra time for the complicated grid of catheters to be placed.
Our system works with patient scan data to give precise catheter placements thus pre-treatment preparation and treatment room set up time is dramatically reduced for patients and professionals.
The traditional wax applicators used to secure catheters are difficult to produce, often rigid, fragile, and easily damaged.
Our applicators are printed using durable, tissue-equivalent materials that can be used for the duration of a patient's treatment.
The opaque waxes often used by centers to secure the catheters makes it difficult to tell if they are evenly spaced across the surface and at the correct surface distance.
Our software takes the patient's CT scan and creates a contoured applicator that also includes channels for precise and customized catheter placement. Remove, add or move the trajectories as necessary to achieve an ideal treatment plan.
Centers often use multiple, open-source software applications to plan brachytherapy treatment. Our software has been designed to fully integrate with all leading TPS applications the first time it is installed.
HDR Surface Brachytherapy
About our HDR Surface Brachytherapy module and how Adaptiiv's solution is dedicated to the personalization of healthcare by enabling the creation of custom medical accessories which deliver precise treatments while significantly improving dose accuracy and the patient experience.
"The creation of conventional brachy devices is time consuming and can only be done by our most experienced staff. We have only a few capable of producing the moulds and developing new skills is difficult with our schedule and staff size. Adaptiiv's software was easy to use and freed up procedure times and gave us the opportunity to train additional staff."
"With wax, we found the placement of catheters to be frustrating and draining. With the algorithm taking care of precise placements, all we have to do is slide them into the mould. We can treat twice as many patients in the same amount of time."