Purpose. The aim of this study was to present the technical aspects of the breath-hold technique with respiratory monitoring and visual feedback and to evaluate the feasibility of this system in healthy volunteers. Methods and materials. To monitor respiration, the vertical position of the fiducial marker placed on the patient's abdomen was tracked by a machine vision system with a charge-coupled device camera. A monocular head-mounted display was used to provide the patient with visual feedback about the breathing trace. Five healthy male volunteers were enrolled in this study. They held their breath at the end-inspiration and the end-expiration phases. They performed five repetitions of the same type of 15-s breath-holds with and without a head-mounted display, respectively. A standard deviation of five mean positions of the fiducial marker during a15-s breath-hold in each breath-hold type was used as the reproducibility value of breath-hold. Results. All five volunteers well tolerated the breath-hold maneuver. For the inspiration breath-hold, the standard deviations with and without visual feedback were 1.74 mm and 0.84 mm, respectively (P = 0.20). For the expiration breath-hold, the standard deviations with and without visual feedback were 0.63 mm and 0.96 mm, respectively (P = 0.025). Conclusion. Our newly developed system might help the patient achieve improved breath-hold reproducibility.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Radiation Medicine - Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2008|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging