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Orfit Radiation Therapy Trainings and Workshops

To assure that both distributors and end users understand the advantages and functionalities of our products, Orfit frequently organizes trainings and workshops. These events take place at the Orfit headquarters in Belgium or on site, which could be anywhere in the world. Extensive training In 2016 several distributors from all…
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MR safe label obtained for several Orfit products

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is becoming increasingly important in radiation oncology. (earlier post: The increasing need and interest in MRI in radiation therapy). To be MR safe, patient positioning and immobilization devices cannot contain materials that are electrically conductive or magnetic. Orfit recently obtained the MR safe…
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Sagittilt: Orfit’s highly reproducible, patient friendly and heart-sparing prone breast solution

Breast cancer radiotherapy might involve some radiation exposure of the normal tissues within the thorax, including the heart and lungs. This is associated with secondary lung cancer and mortality and morbidity rates for women with left-sided breast cancer due to ischemic heart disease [1]. Darby et al demonstrated that for…
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Moulding a radiotherapy mask: 11 things that often go wrong but can easily be avoided

Moulding a radiotherapy mask has become a routine task for most technicians. However, problems may pop up either during the moulding process or while refitting the mask for the first treatment session. Orfit has listed several tips to avoid these issues and to assure a high precision, reproducibility and patient…
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New design for UON and DUON masks

After a thorough update, our existing range of UON and DUON U-Shaped Head and Neck masks and DUON S-Shaped Head, Neck and Shoulder masks is now even more reliable and user friendly.   NEW: U/S-shaped frame UON and DUON masks combine the unique features of…
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The increasing need and interest in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in radiation therapy

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is gaining interest in radiation therapy (RT) with the emerging development of advanced high precision treatment techniques such as intensity-modulated RT (IMRT) and volumetric intensity modulated arc therapy (VMAT). These techniques require accurate anatomical imaging to avoid irradiation of surrounding healthy tissue. MRI has a superior…
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Orfit HP 5-points mask and the Orfit SBRT compression belt investigated in 2 posters at ESTRO 2016

Two posters in which Orfit products have been investigated were presented at ESTRO 2016. The first poster (EP-1785) by Damodara Kumaran compared setup errors and comfort levels of an Orfit High Precision 5-points thermoplastic mask and a BrainLAB immobilization system. Overall, the Orfit HP 5 points mask and…
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Going Frameless: a more comfortable and non-invasive approach for stereotactic radiosurgery

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) treatments in many cases involve a metal cranial frame that is attached to the patient’s skull. A custom moulded immobilization mask has several advantages over an invasive system, for both patient comfort and the treatment itself. A frameless SRS approach is non-invasive and adds to the patient’s…
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Expanding global access to radiotherapy has both lifesaving and economic benefits

Over the past years, radiotherapy has become increasingly important and critical in cancer treatment and care. For many of the most common cancers in low-income and middle-income countries, radiotherapy is essential for effective treatment. In high-income countries, radiotherapy is already used in more than half of all cases of cancer. However,…
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Orfit Thermoplastic Immobilization Masks used on Elekta Leksel Gamma Knife Icon

© Elekta – Careforthebrain.com Orfit Industries is proud to announce that our innovative thermoplastic immobilization masks are used on the Elekta Leksel Gamma Knife Icon. Elekta is a company with a long standing reputation in cancer treatment and it has selected Orfit Industries to develop an immobilization…
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Orfit Hybrid Masks in SRS-treatments shown to be equally precise and less stressful than an invasive immobilization frame

An article about the use of Orfit Hybrid masks in Stereotactic RadioSurgery (SRS)-treatments was published by Jessa Hospital in Hasselt, Belgium. In their Medical Newsletter ‘JessaLinea’ is explained how Stereotactic Masks replace a previously used invasive Stereotactic Frame for SRS-treatments. The article was in Dutch, but we have made a…
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Anti-bacterial coating of Orfit thermoplastic masks also resistant against the VRE bacteria

The Orfit range of thermoplastic masks are known since various years to have an anti-bacterial coating that is resistant against the following bacteria: Escherichia coli Staphylococcus aureus Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) We can now also claim that the coating of the masks is resistant against the Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE)…
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Abdominal compression mechanism developed with Orfit products by National Center of Oncology in Azerbaijan

One of Orfit Industries worldwide customers is the National Center of Oncology in Baku, Azerbaijan. They use a wide range of Orfit Immobilization devices during radiation therapy treatments. The NCO team has developed an abdominal compression mechanism by combining various Orfit products. They position their…
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10 tips to comfortably position and immobilize children or adults with anxieties

When positioning and immobilizing a patient for a radiation therapy treatment, anxieties like claustrophobia can occur when the immobilization is performed with a thermoplastic mask. Here are a couple of measures you can take to prevent this from happening and to make the patient feel as comfortable as possible.
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Choosing the most suitable Orfit masks for head and neck

Orfit Industries has a wide range of thermoplastic immobilization masks, both for head and neck and for extra cranial immobilization. The complete range of masks can be found on the Orfit website. The below information is a guideline to help you find the most suitable head and neck…
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Thesis: Prone versus supine treatment position when irradiating the left breast (R. de Vries, J. Karst)

In a graduation thesis of the education “Medical Imaging and Radiotherapeutic Techniques” (MBRT), conducted for the Medisch Spectrum Hospital in Twente, R. de Vries and J. Karst compared the prone and the supine treatment position when irradiating women with breast cancer. For the prone position, the Sagittilt Prone…
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Orfit’s SBRT solution extensively tested by Jolimont Hospital in Belgium – The results

The Orfit SBRT-solution has been extensively tested by the Jolimont Hospital in La Louvière, Belgium. Their radiotherapy department was looking for an SBRT-system and decided to do a clinical verification of the Orfit SBRT Solution. We are happy to be able to share their experiences. They…
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Unordinary applications of thermoplastic materials

Orfit Thermoplastic materials used in unusual, creative ways to improve patient comfort Felix de Beer, moulding technician at the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), uses Orfit thermoplastic materials in rather unusual ways. One of the patients, René, has now expressed his wish to share a moulding technique that has…
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Interfractional variability in intensity-modulated radiotherapy stabilized with thermoplastic pelvic immobilization

Study: Lee et al, Interfractional variability in intensity-modulated radiotherapy of prostate cancer with or without thermoplastic pelvic immobilization, Strahlentherapie und Onkologie, 2014,190:94-99 Prostate cancer is a major health problem worldwide. Radiotherapy is one of two major curative treatment methods for prostate cancer (Lee et al, 2014). The use…
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Quality of patient positioning during cerebral tomotherapy irradiation using different mask systems

Study: Leitzen et al, Quality of patient positioning during cerebral tomotherapy irradiation using different mask systems, Strahlentherapie und Onkologie, 2013, 1-4 Patient immobilization during brain tumor radiotherapy is achieved by using a thermoplastic mask. In a study conducted by the Universitätsklinik Bonn, two innovative new mask systems developed…
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Study: hypofractionated whole breast irradiation for patients with large breasts: comparing prone and supine positions

The university hospital in Gent, Belgium has compared the acute toxicity of whole breast irradiation in both the supine and the prone position (Mulliez T et al. Hypofractionated whole breast irradiation for patients with large breasts: a randomized trial comparing prone and supine positions. Radiother Oncol (2013)). The…
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World Leading Cancer Center Studies Orfit Open Face Mask

In the previous edition of the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics (v. 14, n. 5, sep. 2013), a study of Orfit’s Open Face Mask has been published. In ‘Migration from full-head mask to “open-face” mask for immobilization of patients with head and neck cancer’ (LI, Guang et al.), researchers…
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