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BioCon-700 performance confirmed by clinical paper

IMPLEMENTATION OF ULTRASOUND BLADDER VOLUME SCANNING FOR PATIENTS RECEIVING INTENSITY-MODULATED RADIOTHERAPY TO THE CERVIX OR ENDOMETRIUM: CLINICAL EXPERIENCE FROM A UNITED KINGDOM RADIOTHERAPY DEPARTMENT

Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, first view K. Claxton and R. Appleyard
Published online: 8th May 2017, pp. 1-13

The clinical suitability of the BioCon-700 bladder scanner for use in radiotherapy patients has been endorsed in a recent study conducted at Gloucestershire Oncology Centre, Cheltenham General Hospital. This method-comparison study was designed to check the appropriateness of using a bladder scanner (BioCon-700) to verify bladder volumes prior to radiotherapy planning and treatment. The staff perceived that use of the scanner improved patient experience, and reduced the use of cone-beam CT scans (CBCT) for intensity-modulation radiotherapy treatment (IMRT) of the cervix and endometrium in the clinical setting. The comparisons were made over 277 datasets on 20 patients, and overall the bladder scanner readings were clinically interchangeable with bladder volume measurements taken from CBCT.

The paper states that:

  • “The average scanner reading (mean USmean) was 323ml compared with the average CBCT reading (CBCTmean) of 313ml (3% variation)”
  • "Staff experience with the scanner overall was positive”
  • “The BioCon-700 is suitable for the purpose of daily pre-treatment volume verification, facilitating daily assessment and modification of bladder volume, resulting in reproducible treatment volumes”
  • The paper also suggests “that the pre-scan feature on the BioCon-700” improved their ability to accurately identify and capture the full bladder volume. This was supported by the study focus groups (users)”