Southend Hospital improves radiation accuracy for patients with a UK-clinical first
17 November 2016
Southend University Hospital has improved radiotherapy treatment and comfort for its lung and oesophageal cancer patients thanks to new equipment that it is the first clinical user of in the UK.
The EagleBoard, which patients lay down on when they are about
to receive Radiotherapy, improves radiation dose accuracy to the
chest and abdomen region. All of which has meant greater efficiency
for the radiotherapy department and an easier set up and,
crucially, better comfort for patients.
It's meant the hospital's Radiotherapy Department now have the
ability to prepare for the latest advancement in radiotherapy,
known as stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR), which is
used specifically for lung cancer patients.
Nadia Salama, Mould Room Technician at the hospital, said: "The
EagleBoard has significantly improved the way we can position
patients, increasing comfort and representing a huge step forward
for radical radiotherapy lung patients. As radiotherapy treatment
can often take 15-20 minutes to complete, it is crucial that the
patients are able to stay comfortable and very still for this
"Since using it we are now able to use a vacuum cushion, an
additional piece of equipment, which support the patient's arms
more than ever before and produces a firm impression of exactly
where they should be positioned during treatment. This is a huge
advantage for clinicians, ensuring optimum positioning.
The 'wings' of the EagleBoard are designed to fully support the
upper arm and the adjustable hand grips can also be fixed in a wide
range of positions to achieve greater comfort. It is fully
adaptable, including the height of the hand grips, and can be used
by all patients.
The Trust has two boards, one which is kept in its pre-treatment
department, whilst the other is used in the linear