Our bolus devices are never one size fits all. By incorporating data from each patient's CT scan into existing treatment planning systems, Adaptiiv's software solution enables centers to produce personalized boluses 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 printers 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.
Our 3D boluses are created to conform perfectly to individual body shapes. Our recommended filaments go through a QC process unique to printing accessory medical devices. In addition, we take pride in printing our devices from recycled plastic. We also track inventory and restock materials so centers and patients worry about 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 focus.
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 the full dosage and leading to more effective treatments.
Conventional boluses often require extra bolus in the form of wet gauze to create a better fit. The process of filling the gaps between the device 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 the patient's contour, decreasing reproducible 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 our 3D 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 device, by up to 40%!
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.