Fetal radiation shield for pregnant patients receiving radiation therapy

Project Overview

Approximately 4000 women per year require radiation therapy for brain and breast cancer during pregnancy in the United States. The deleterious effects of ionizing radiation on the fetus can generally be reduced with a lower fetal dose. The shield used to protect the fetus during standard radiation would include about half a ton of lead held safely over the fetus during treatment. The Department of Human Oncology at UW Hospital is seeking a safe and effective shield for to mitigate the potential effects of ionizing radiation on the fetus during treatment. The shield must be mobile, compatible with a variety of treatment delivery machines and techniques and be safe to use for all involved, particularly the patient. Our team will design, fabricate, and test the shield with clinical treatment delivery system over the course of this semesters.

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Approximately 4000 women per year require radiation therapy for brain and breast cancer during pregnancy in the United States. The deleterious effects of ionizing radiation on the fetus can generally be reduced with a lower fetal dose. The shield used to protect the fetus during standard radiation would include about half a ton of lead held safely over the fetus during treatment. The Department of Human Oncology at UW Hospital is seeking a safe and effective shield for to mitigate the potential effects of ionizing radiation on the fetus during treatment. The shield must be mobile, compatible with a variety of treatment delivery machines and techniques and be safe to use for all involved, particularly the patient. Our team designed, fabricated, and tested the shield with clinical treatment delivery system over the course of the last two semesters, while focusing on designing a transportation mechanism for the shield and its support system this semester.

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Team members from left to right: Lauren, Janae, Megan, and Lena

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