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Immobilisation packs suitable for low paediatric exposure

22 March, 2019

An immobilisation pack, which is made up of multiple pieces of equipment for an array of different imaging methods, has been collated by Rothband with the help of a team of radiographers.

Freya Johnson, Caroline McGlyn, Sarah-Jane Selwood, Carol Lamont and Jayne Davison, who work at NHS Lothian, say the packs could potentially improve positioning for imaging patients, especially in paediatrics.

Freya commented, “Access to positioning and immobilisation aids make imaging easier and more consistent.

“We have often heard from departments that do not have equipment specific to paediatrics that imaging of children is more challenging.”

Rothband produces closed cell foam, which allows radiographers to position and immobilise without degrading the images, even when using low paediatric exposures. 

Paul Dixon, managing director of Rothband, commented, "A key part of our corporate message focuses on collaborating with imaging professionals and continuously striving to bring new technologies to the market. A project like this is a perfect fit.”

Rothband collated foam pads from their portfolio and made the new immobilisation packs. 

Paul continued, “Believe it or not, development of foam pieces is not without its challenges and we were pleased to be able to work through them to produce a range of foam pads that Freya and her team were happy with."

Freya explained how Rothband were ‘very helpful’ in making pads longer and wider to suit the team’s requirements.

“To achieve lateral collimated wrists in small babies and get an anatomical marker in the primary beam, the rectangular blocks were developed, also reducing the likelihood of exposing hands of the holder.”

The sets of foam pads are available now from Rothband.

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