Active Breathing Control

Beaumont's physicians were the first to develop an Active Breathing Control (ABC) or respiratory resting program, which addresses the difficult problem of accommodating breathing motion when treating tumors in the chest and upper abdominal regions.

Applying the procedure at various phases of the breathing cycle lets the physician evaluate the related motion of a tumor and critical organs. Beaumont routinely uses ABC to avoid cardiac irradiation for patients with left-sided breast cancers. As a complement to ABC, Beaumont has been studying the use of Cardiac MRI, as compared to traditional CT scan imaging, to aid in more accurately assessing any changes in the heart muscle that may or may not occur after radiation treatment.