Evaluation of the MEMS based portable respiratory training system with a tactile sensor for respiratory-gated radiotherapy

Sun Young Moon, Myonggeun Yoon, Mijoo Chung, Weon Kuu Chung, Dong Wook Kim

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In respiratory-gated radiotherapy, it is important to maintain the regular respiratory cycles of patients. If patients undergo respiration training, their regular breathing pattern is affected. Therefore, we developed a respiratory training system based on a micro electromechanical system (MEMS) and evaluated the feasibility of the MEMS in radiotherapy. By comparing the measured signal before and after radiation exposure, we confirmed the effects of radiation. By evaluating the period of the electric signal emitted by a tactile sensor and its constancy, the performance of the tactile sensor was confirmed. Moreover, by comparing the delay between the motion of the MEMS and the electric signal from the tactile sensor, we confirmed the reaction time of the tactile sensor. The results showed that a baseline shift occurred for an accumulated dose of 400 Gy in the sensor, and both the amplitude and period changed. The period of the signal released by the tactile sensor was 5.39 and its standard deviation was 0.06. Considering the errors from the motion phantom, a standard deviation of 0.06 was desirable. The delay time was within 0.5 s and not distinguishable by a patient. We confirmed the performance of the MEMS and concluded that MEMS could be applied to patients for respiratory-gated radiotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-458
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Korean Physical Society
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 1


  • Micro electromechanical system
  • Radiation hardness
  • Reaction time
  • Respiratory-gated radiotherapy
  • Tactile sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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