Brachy Therapy Afterloader

Minimal Invase Cancer Treatment

Oncologists have three well known strategies for treating cancers: Surgery, Chemo Therapy or Radiation Therapy. All of them have serious side effects. Surgery maims he body, Chemo causes sickness and cosmetic problems and radiation is usually administred from an source outside the body with high dose rates that affects everything in its path. There is another way which is called Brachy Therapy. The Brachy Therapist using a HDR Afterloader radiates as near to the tumor as possible reducing dose rate and radiation exposure in other tissues than the tumor. The source is tiny and a series of them are stored in an X-Ray shielded Vault within the afterloader. The patient receives a series of catheters according to a carefully designed treatment plan which is the responsibility of the Oncologist. The Afterloader will sent the tiny sources to various places around the tumor and also retractes them to be safely stored in the vault. This entire proces is fully automated and is executed according to the treatment plan. Personel is not present in the treatment room.

How should a medical device that delivers a decisive treatment to seriously ill patients, appear to the patients in order to reassure them in that the treatment is safe and routine but at the same time cutting edge while staying away from the experimental.

Awards: 
Category: 
Health and Science
Client: 
Project kick-off: 
March 1993
Project delivered: 
May 1994
Type: 
Product Design
Project size: 
Large
Industry: 
Advanced Medical Equipment
Project developers: 
Gijs Ockeloen
Deliverable: 

CAD design drawings of all external parts.

Colours and textures

Graphic design of interfaces

Expertise: 
Health and science
Capability: 
Design engineering
Product design
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