Intrapulmonary percussive ventilation leading to 20-minutes breath-hold potentially useful for radiation treatments

Radiother Oncol. 2019 Dec;141:292-295. doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2019.09.024. Epub 2019 Oct 25.


We developed a training protocol based on Intrapulmonary Percussive Ventilation in order to prolong breath-hold while nearly suppressing the thorax motion. This protocol allowed ten subjects to achieve a 20-minutes-breath-hold, while reducing the residual surface motion to 1 mm around its mean position for more than 95% of the breath-hold duration.

Keywords: Breath-hold; Cancer; Intrapulmonary percussive ventilation; Physiotherapy; Radiotherapy; Tumour.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breath Holding*
  • Female
  • High-Frequency Ventilation / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motion
  • Radiotherapy / methods*