Bellyboard device reduces small bowel displacement. Article

cited authors

  • Bertelrud, K; Mehta, M; Shanahan, T; Utrie, P; Gehring, M

fiu authors

abstract

  • The ability to cure several pelvic malignancies is hampered by the inability to deliver doses greater than 45 to 50 Gy, beyond which radiation enteritis becomes dose-limiting. The design and fabrication of a device that allows exclusion of small bowel from the pelvis during radiation therapy are described in this study. A prospective dose-volume analysis conducted on 30 patients reveals a 66 percent reduction in the volume of small bowel within the radiation portals.

publication date

  • March 1, 1991

start page

  • 284

end page

  • 287

volume

  • 62

issue

  • 4