Bolus should never be one size fits all. By incorporating data from each patient's CT scan into existing treatment planning systems, Adaptiiv's 3D printing software solution enables centers to produce custom, patient-specific bolus from durable plastic in just a few hours.
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 printer and materials or centers can use their own. There is no need for centers 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 boluses are created to conform perfectly to individual body shapes. Our recommended filaments go through a QC process unique to printing ancillary medical accessories. In addition, we take pride in providing bio-based filament materials. We continuously track inventory and restock materials so centers and patients can focus on what's most important.
When examining the methods used to create traditional boluses, we found some key areas of the process that could be improved to create better results for patients and professionals. A focus on fit, comfort and efficiency became our main objective.
Traditional boluses don't form well to irregular or curved surfaces, creating air gaps between the treatment area and the bolus that result in the body absorbing only a portion of the recommended dose.
Using the measurements of the patient taken by the CT scan, 3D printers are able to produce boluses that are an exact match to every curve and contour, ensuring patients receive accurate dosage which leads to more effective treatment.
Conventional bolus often require extra material in the form of wax or wet gauze to create a better fit. The process of filling the gaps between the bolus and the treatment area with wet gauze for each session was one of the things both patients and therapists wanted to find a solution for. In addition, tape and rolled up sheets are sometimes used to conform traditional bolus to patient contours, decreasing reproducibility between treatments.
Since the 3D Uniform Thickness Bolus incorporates personalized data into the printing method, patients are more comfortable through the treatment period. The bolus conforms perfectly to the patient anatomy the very first time — no extra materials are required.
Set up and fabrication times for conventional boluses were one of the biggest complaints of patients and cancer centers.
Since 3D printed Uniform Thickness Bolus uses precise data to ensure an exact fit, we've seen a dramatic reduction in the time it takes to produce and fit the accesssory - by up to 40%!
Uniform Thickness Bolus
About our Uniform Thickness Bolus module and how Adaptiiv's solution is dedicated to the personalization of healthcare by enabling the creation of medical accessories which deliver precise treatments while significantly improving dose accuracy and the patient experience.
Reviewing the imaging after the first treatment, the coverage, uniformity and fit of the 3D printed bolus was superior to our typical experience of using wet-gauze. To date, each bolus printed in our network has been well received by the clinicians, the patients and the treatment staff who find it easy to place (especially compared to wet gauze). Above all, the 3D printed boluses were comfortable for the patient.