Respiratory Gating System AZ-733VI
What is respiratory gating?
The problem with performing image diagnosis and radiotherapy of tumors arising in organs affected by respiratory motion such as the lungs and liver is that the position of the tumor moves due to the patient’s breathing during imaging or radiotherapy.
These respiratory movements may cause the resolution of the captured image artifacts occur. And the result it may affect the diagnosis. In addition, during radiation therapy, there is concern that the efficacy will be reduced as the tumor may not receive a sufficient dose of radiation, and that surrounding healthy tissue will be irradiated instead, resulting in the side effect of undesirable radiation damage.
It is known that steady breathing can be approximated by periodic repetitive movements. With this knowledge, it is possible to take advantage of specific respiration states (e.g. maximum inhalation, complete exhalation, etc.).
If imaging or irradiation is performed only in the stationary periods between respiration states, it is possible to achieve high-precision imaging and radiation therapy without the negative effects of respiratory motion.
In this way, the respiratory gating system is a medical device that performs respiratory gating imaging and respiratory gating irradiation in accordance with respiratory motion.
The respiration gating system uses a sensor to detect a signal representing the respiration state, creates a respiration signal (or a respiratory signal that is synchronized with the respiration signal), and supplies it to a diagnostic imaging or radiotherapy device. These diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy devices perform respiratory synchronized imaging and irradiation by performing imaging and irradiation in concordance with the respiratory signal or respiratory signal.
Currently, respiratory gating systems are commonly used alongside CT devices are to record 4D-CT image throughout the entire respiratory cycle of a patient. This image is then used to create a treatment plan for the patient’s radiation therapy.
What is Anzai Medical’s Respiratory Gating System?
It has been a quarter of a century since the world’s first respiratory gating system was developed by us in collaboration with Tsukuba University Hospital in 1987. In the years since, Anzai Medical has perfected our Respiratory Gating System AZ-733VI.
In response to demand for faster respiratory gating systems in the radiotherapy field, we have achieved a respiratory signal output delay of 50 ms or less between detection of respiratory signals and respiratory signal output.
As a breathing sensor, in addition to the load cell (contact) that has been standard component; we have prepared a laser sensor option (non-contact) to flexibly respond to various requests in the medical field. Also included is the functionality to connect to and acquire the signals of 3 respiration sensors at the same time.
Functionally enhanced is the ability to check and adjust all parts of the respiration sensor on the patient from a nearby port, greatly reducing the time required for a previously laborious process.
In addition to various safety functions inherited and enhanced from the previous model AZ-733V, the sophisticated user interface on the AZ-733VI’s personal computer screen enables intuitive operation and provides the ability to pre-check settings to prevent erroneous operation. In addition, a gate disable switch is equipped as standard to respond immediately to sudden changes in the patient’s breathing condition.
In order to flexibly support connection with external devices such as diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy equipment, up to three interface boards are mounted on the AZ-733VI (two on the sensor port and one on the relay box). The gate signal is output to only one device which is selected on the personal computer screen. A wide range of external devices are compatible in combination with various respiratory signal output modes further enhanced from the previous model AZ-733V.
More than 2000 units Anzai Medical’s respiratory gating system AZ-733VI have been shipped to all over the world. And it can be used in combination with the radiotherapy equipment and diagnostic imaging equipment of the following companies.
Respiratory Gating System AZ-733VI has devolved the basic performance required for a respiratory synchronization device.
Respiratory sensor to be used according to modality
Two types of high-accuracy respiratory sensors can be used according to the modality to be combined.
Loadcell Sensor (patient contact style)
It is a sensor that detects pressure with a strain gauge. By attaching the sensor to the patient with a belt, the movement of the body surface (change in abdominal pressure) due to respiratory movement is displayed as a respiratory waveform. "DEEP" and "STANDARD" are used according to the size of the abdominal movement. "STANDRAD" is used for standard movements, and "DEEP" is used for large movements. As a modality to be combined, it is ideal for PET-CT devices that allow patients to enter deep inside the gantry.
For the setting of this sensor, see "How to install the load cell sensor".
Laser Sensor (patient non-contact style)
It is a sensor that measures the reflection of laser light (infrared). A laser beam is applied to the patient’s skin and the movement of the body surface (displacement amount to the sensor) due to respiratory movement is displayed as a respiratory waveform. We have three types of 250mm, 120mm, and 85mm depending on the focal length of the laser. This sensor, which does not come into contact with the patient, is best suited as a modality to be combined with radiation therapy equipment.For the setting of this sensor, see "How to set the laser sensor".
Reduced delay time
High-speed gate mode: within 25 msec
Normal gate mode: Within 50 msec
Respiratory gating system is used in combination with radiotherapy equipment and image diagnostic equipment. The biggest subject to reduce the performance for modalities being combined was to reduce latency. Compared to conventional equipment, the speed is reduced to 1/4 in high-speed gate mode and 1/2 in normal gate mode. This makes it possible to realize more accurate radiation treatment and image diagnosis than ever before. The delay time is the time from when the sensor detects the movement of the body surface due to respiratory movement until the gate signal is output.
Respiratory gating system AZ-733VI has new functions and connections that have never been seen before.
Excellent cost performance
Conventionally, one external device was connected to one device, but AZ-733VI can connect up to three types of external devices to one device. This allows the same respiratory synchronization system to be used when migrating from simulated CT to treatment, enabling low budget implementation.
Select the device to output the gate signal on the software.
*Note that the gate signals cannot be output simultaneously.
Using multiple sensors
Respiratory gating system AZ-733VI can use up to 3 respiratory sensors simultaneously. Since the movement to the body surface due to respiratory movements differs depending on the patient, it is possible to capture respiratory information from multiple locations and perform respiratory gating at the most stable location.
Respiratory waveform 3 types displayed
Output of ECG/breath gating signals
Respiratory gating system AZ-733VI has a function to output an electrocardiographic/respiratory gating signal by connecting an electrocardiograph. When the arbitrarily set respiratory gating signal and electrocardiographic gating signal overlap, the electrocardiogram/respiratory gating signal is output to an external device.
By improving operability and fulfilling file management, we aimed to create an application that will satisfy users all over the world.
Easy respiratory waveform adjustment
By operating the rotary encoder mounted on the sensor port, the respiratory waveform can be adjusted near the patient. It is no longer necessary to return to the operation room and adjust the waveform from the software after installing the sensor as in the past. In addition, the waveform is displayed on the LCD screen of the sensor port, which improves reproducibility when mounting the sensor.
Extensive patient data management
In addition to saving and replaying the saved patient data, the respiratory information is displayed in time series to facilitate understanding of the patient’s respiratory characteristics, and a histogram is displayed by aggregating by respiratory level or respiratory rate.
Table display of patient data
Histogram display of patient data
The efficiency of respiratory gating (short-time treatment/photographing) reduces the burden on patients.
Addition of new gate output mode
A new "Level to Level" mode, which is mainly used for radiation therapy, has been added. The gate signal is output to an external device by deciding the phase that is less affected (moved) by the respiratory phase. Since the gate signal is output within the set level regardless of expiration or inspiration, breath-hold irradiation is also possible.
The above outputs the gate signal at Level 20-60, and two gate signals are output during one respiratory cycle.
Addition of breath monitor
Respiratory gating is a treatment/imaging that depends on the patient’s respiratory condition. We have prepared a respiratory monitor so that the patient can see the respiratory waveform and consciously breathe. It is hoped that the patient’s breathing condition will be stable and the treatment/diagnosis time will be shortened.
It is available to use Respiratory Gating System AZ-733VI safely with its various safety functions.
Stop gate signal in case of emergency
In an emergency, you can use the gate cutoff switch to forcibly stop the gate signal output.
Abnormal breath detection
When the following breathing abnormalities are detected, an error message is displayed on the software and the gate output to the external device is stopped.
|Dimension||: 260 x 230 x 126 mm|
|Weight||: about 5.0kg|
|Power supply||: AC100-240V (50/60Hz), 200VA or less|
|Monitor||: Respiratory waveform information display, connected sensor display|
|Others||: Automatic adjustment of respiratory waveform of connected respiratory sensor|
|Dimension||: 172 x 123 x 86 mm|
|Weight||: about 2.0kg|
|Output signal||: Gate signal, (beam signal, waveform information, interlock)|
Load Cell (2 types) STANDARD, DEEP
|Dimensions Sensor part||: 30φ x 9.5, load cell amplifier: 85 x 27 x 30 mm|
|Weight||: about 95g|
|Measuring range||: 0-500g (STANDARD), 0-1000g (DEEP)|
|Cable length||: 2.9m|
Laser sensor (3 options) 250mm, 120mm, 85mm
|Dimensions Sensor part||: 67 x 22 x 57 mm, Laser sensor amplifier: 65 x 160 x 60 mm|
Gate cutoff switch
|Power supply||：AC100-240V (50/60Hz), 200VA or less|
|Power supply voltage||tablet: battery-powered||transceiver: DC+12V (powered by AZ-733VI|
|Transmission/reception frequency band||Tablet: 2.4GHz band||Transceiver: 2402 to 2480MHz|
|Dimensions||Tablet: 83 x 159 x 10 mm||Transceiver: 85 x 35 x 25 mm|
|Weight||Tablet: Approx. 200 g||Transceiver: Approx. 80 g|
Medical device approval number : 22600BZX00288000 Class classification : Class III General name : Synchronizer for radiotherapy equipment Specified maintenance management medical device : Applicable nstallation management medical device I: Applicable JMDN code
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Company Name: XRT Medical LLC
Address: 2900 Fiore Way, #112, Delray Beach, FL 33445 USA,
Company Name:ELSE Solutions s.r.l.
Address: Via Carlo Goldoni, 18 20090 Trezzano Sul Naviglio (MI) – Italy
Company Name: Raditec Medical AG
Address: Schlossberg 5a CH-5454 Bellikon Switzerland
Company Name: Beijing Boiatech Medical Technology Co.,Ltd
Address: Room 2-2146, Building 2, Century Tea Trade Center, No.1 Chama North Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, China (100055)
Company Name: Chili Enterprise Co., Ltd.
Address: 18f-12, No. 495, Guangfu S Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Company Name: CMC BIOTECH CO., LTD.
Address: 364 Soi Ladphrao 94(Panjamitr), Ladphrao Road, Plab-Pla,Wangthonglang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand
Dr. Takashi Ogino Director, International Proton Therapy Center
Connection Device: Proton therapy device (Mitsubishi Electric)
Purpose of use: Respiratory gated irradiation of lung and liver tumors
Dr. Ogino has been witnessed the establishment of the National Cancer Center East Hospital, which was the first proton therapy facility dedicated to medical treatment in Japan in 1996, and has been involved with Anzai Medical’s respiratory gating system for more than 10 years.
Respiratory gated irradiation is indispensable for the treatment that obtains the effect of radiation focused on cancer lesions while reducing the effect on normal tissues, which is a characteristic of proton beam therapy. We would like to introduce the comments from Dr. Ogino who has lots of clinical experience.
"In the early days of Anzai Medical’s respiratory gating system, handling the respiratory sensor was sometimes difficult, but with the current laser sensor, it is easy to administer to the patient, and the obtained respiratory waveform also correlates with the target. I am convinced that respiratory-gated irradiation is generally said to be longer and more inefficient than regular irradiation, but it does not take much time in cooperation with the patient. Rather than pointing out that the efficiency of the treatment time is reduced by performing respiratory-gated irradiation, the side effect of irradiating the human body with radiation (normal tissue) It seems that there is a relative risk in the treatment that does not make use of the characteristics of the proton beam, which can suppress the inflammation of cancer and the cancer that arises from low exposure).
It is very strange for me that there are few examples of Respiratory sync irradiation".
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Mizuno, Hideyuki, et al. “Commissioning of a respiratory gating system involving a pressure sensor in carbon‐ion scanning radiotherapy.”
Published by: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, 20.1 (2019): 37-42.
Cummings, David, et al. “Four-dimensional Plan Optimization for the Treatment of Lung Tumors Using Pencil-beam Scanning Proton Radiotherapy.”
Published by: Cureus Journal of Medical Science, 10.8 (2018)
Snyder, Jeffrey E., Ryan T. Flynn, and Daniel E. Hyer. “Implementation of respiratory‐gated VMAT on a Versa HD linear accelerator.”
Published by: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, 18.5 (2017): 152-161.
Büther, Florian, et al. “Impact of data-driven respiratory gating in clinical PET.”
Published by: Radiology, 281.1 (2016): 229-238.
Grootjans, Willem, et al. “Amplitude-based optimal respiratory gating in positron emission tomography in patients with primary lung cancer.”
Published by: European Radiology, 24.12 (2014): 3242-3250.
Martinez-Möller, Axel, et al. “Dual cardiac–respiratory gated PET: implementation and results from a feasibility study.”
Published by: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 34.9 (2007): 1447-1454.
The Management of Respiratory Motion in Radiation Oncology – Report of AAPM Task Group 76.
Published by: American Association of Physicists in Medicine (2006).
- Which delivers greater accuracy, load cells or laser sensors?
- There is no difference in sensitivity between the two, so please use that which suits your purposes. Load cells, which are affixed directly to a patient’s body, are suitable for use with PET-CT machines with a deep gantry. Non-contact laser sensors, which are not directly affixed to a patient, are suitable for use in radiation therapy and with fixed equipment.
- What is the difference between “standard” and “deep” load cells?
- Standard load cells offer higher sensitivity, while deep load cells provide a greater range of measurement. Furthermore, standard load cells are used for patients with relatively small respiratory motions. Deep load cells are used for patients with larger respiratory motions.
- There is no test waveform output.
- "TEST SIGNAL" must be enabled in the software settings. All components (sensors, etc.) must also be connected. If "Test Signal" is displayed in the center of the application screen but the test waveform is not displayed, adjust the Magnification/Position.
- How can I connect multiple external devices to the AZ-733VI system?
- You will need to add a dedicated cable and interface for each connected device. Connection cables may be added as needed.
- What type of cables should be used?
- Please refer to the connection guide below.
- How frequently should maintenance be performed?
- Annual low-voltage power supply, detector performance, and comprehensive operation testing (fee-based) is recommended.
- How long is the warranty period?
- The warranty is valid for one and a half years after delivery, but a 1 to 5 year extended warranty service is available for a fee.