The Breath Hold device monitors the breathing of the patient using a simple light display. The Breath Hold includes one base station, three wireless display devices, and a simple belt with expandable bellows.
The belt is wrapped around the patient’s upper abdomen or lower chest and is connected to the Breath Hold system. Individual light displays are located next to the patient, the radiologist’s image monitor and the CT operator console. All displays have a wireless connection to the system base which sits next to the patient on the CT table.
Prior to the development of this device, CT-guided biopsies were more difficult for radiologists and patients because respiratory motion and inconsistent breath holding by the patients could obscure the exact target area of a lesion. This can cause the target lesion to move out of the field of view during the procedure, particularly if the lesions are small or in difficult to reach locations.
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