DIBH

DIBH

Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) historically used primarily in left breast treatment is where the patient breathes in controlled method with the intent being to treat when lungs are at maximum or near maximum capacity thus trying to isolate the breast for treatment while sparing the lungs and heart. Two popular techniques are via surface imaging guidance or by use of breath monitoring apparatus. The patient is coached on the process by the technicians to train them on how to manage their breathing during treatment. The idea being the patient takes in and releases one or more deep breathes than inhales and holds their breath while beam is turned on and then turned off before patient releases breath. This process is repeated until treatment is completed. There is often a visual cue or image for the patient to see either via goggles or with mirror showing a monitor screen which helps them adhere to the breath hold process.

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