The Bentel Papers

Gunilla Bentel, R.N., R.T.T., was a renowned author and clinician at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. Gunilla was the Chief Dosimetrist and Clinical Associate in the Department of Radiation Oncology/Physics Division. Gunilla was a true pioneer in the use of immobilization devices for external beam radiation therapy patients. Ms. Bentel spent several decades […]

Patient Positioning and Immobilization in Radiation Oncology: Some Considerations

PATIENT POSITIONING AND IMMOBILIZATION IN RADIATION ONCOLOGY: SOME CONSIDERATIONS BY Gunilla C. Bentel, RN, RTT Duke University Medical Center Durham, North Durham INTRODUCTION Uncertainties associated with the delivery of a prescribed radiation treatment can be divided into two groups; uncertainties of dose (i.e., in homogeneities, dose calculations, variables in machine output and uncertainties in patient-beam […]

The Building of Free-Form Customized Immobilizers with Alpha Cradle ® Foaming Agents

THE BUILDING OF FREE-FORM CUSTOMIZED IMMOBILIZERS Max Buscher Tufts New England Medical Center Boston, Massachusetts The immobilization required for patients’ limbs or achieving the decubitus position can be solved using the Smithers Medical Products ALPHA CRADLE® MOLD MAKER II, polyform bag and foaming agents. This department has been using a different method which has advantages […]

Treating Lung Patients with Hands Over Their Heads with Alpha Cradle® HS2 Forms

Treating Lung Patients with Hands Over Their Heads with Alpha Cradle® Forms Sheila R. Polansky, RTRT University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Texas The purpose of this paper will be to demonstrate the necessity of the ALPHA CRADLE® brand Patient Repositioning System, specifically, the head and shoulder 2 form, HS2, while resolving three specific problems. […]

The Challenging Extremity

THE CHALLENGING EXTREMITY Sandi Williamson Regional Cancer Center Erie, Pennsylvania The ALPHA CRADLE® system is a unique device that can help simplify the sometimes complex and difficult extremity setup. The possibilities of uses vary as vastly as the variety of patients. So to take the challenge out of the challenging extremity, try an ALPHA CRADLE® […]

Immobilization and Treatment of Patients Receiving Radiation Therapy for Extremity Soft-Tissue Sarcoma

IMMOBILIZATION AND TREATMENT OF PATIENTS RECEIVING RADIATION THERAPY FOR EXTREMITY SOFT-TISSUE SARCOMA By Kim L. Light, RTT, CMD Duke University Medical Center Durham, North Carolina INTRODUCTION Soft-tissue sarcoma arises from mesenchymal tissue and accounts for less than 1% of cancers treated in most oncology centers. These tumors show no prevalence in any particular sex nor […]

Repositioning and Immobilizing Extremities with Alpha Cradle® Forms

REPOSITIONING AND IMMOBILIZING THE EXTREMITIES AND MISCELLANEOUS TREATMENT SITES Jeffrey Vincent Kostich, President Smithers Medical Products, Inc. North Canton, Ohio ALPHA CRADLE® BRAND PATIENT REPOSITIONING SYSTEMS UEF, LEF, HND, K-9 Several forms have been developed for repositioning and immobilizing the extremities and miscellaneous treatment sites for successful treatment of sarcomas located on the patient’s extremities. […]

Immobilization Techniques and Dosimetric Aspects For Pituitary Tumors

IMMOBILIZATION TECHNIQUES AND DOSIMETRIC ASPECTS FOR PITUITARY TUMORS Mona K. Weller, RTT, BS, CMD Patricia L. Muller, RTT, BS Stanley Sugai, RTT, CMD Jo Levenick, RTT Hahnemann University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania INTRODUCTION Twelve percent of intercranial tumors arise in the pituitary gland.1 The sella turcica houses the most common adult tumors-pituitary adenomas. Pituitary insufficiency and hypersecretion […]