Deep Inspiration Breath Hold Radiotherapy

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Deep Inspiration Breath Hold Radiotherapy

Deep Inspiration Breath Hold Radiotherapy is external beam radiotherapy that is delivered while the breath is held in comfortable inspiration. It is most commonly used when treating breast cancers.

Treatment planning (CT) and treatment delivery are completed in breath hold with monitoring of the breathing pattern.  As a result, both CT planning and treatment times may be slightly longer than standard EBRT.  Apart from breath hold, it is identical to standard EBRT breast radiotherapy. 

This technique is mainly used where there is need to reduce the amount of normal tissue that receives radiation. 

DIBH is currently available, where necessary, in the St Luke's Centre at Beaumont and St James's Hospitals.