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Soccer player wears Orfit mask to cure from crack in eye socket

25 March, 2014 | Tags: , , | Categorised in:

Memphis Depay, soccer player at PSV Eindhoven in Holland, is wearing an Orfit mask to cure from a crack in his eye socket, incurred because of an elbow punch during a match. “The mask will even stay put when heading a ball”, says Felix de Beer of the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven where Depay was treated.

Depay with the Orfit mask (Source: Catharina Hospital Eindhoven)

Depay with the Orfit mask (Source: Catharina Hospital Eindhoven)

The video and article of the treatment can be viewed here (in Dutch).

In the video, you can see how the PSV’er first gets a plaster cast. A thermoplastic mask, made of two layers of Orfit Classic (2mm) is then moulded onto the positive face print and fitted onto the patient. Memphis Depay will now be able to safely play soccer until he recovers from the injury.

Usually, Orfit thermoplastic masks are used to immobilize patients who are treated with radiation oncology, but the masks can also be used in Physical Rehabilitation to immobilize fractures and cracks in the face area .

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Saint Louis University Receives Immobilization Masks from Orfit Industries America

11 March, 2014 | Tags: , , | Categorised in:

The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics of the Saint Louis University (Doisy College of Health Sciences) received 10 masks from Orfit Industries America for their Radiation Therapy Program. The gift included three-point head masks, four-point pelvic masks and five-point head, neck and shoulders masks.

© Saint Louis University

© Saint Louis University

Sherry Bicklein, Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator, said “The masks will allow the radiation therapy students the opportunity to practice the construction of immobilization materials used in patient treatments.”

“This gift allows hands on practice for students with actual devices used on patients in the clinic setting,” Kathy Kienstra, Radiation Therapy Program Director said. “Students can construct immobilization devices in a safe environment prior to the students’ clinical rotations.”

The university utilizes actual cancer centers located throughout the area for their lab work. One of their better partners for this application is Missouri Baptist Hospital, a longtime user of Orfit High Precision Head and Neck Masks. When the students will eventually enter the workplace, it will be very beneficial if they have already been exposed to the most innovative immobilization products available for patient treatment during their education.

The gift, valued at nearly $1,000, was made possible through the work of Orfit Industries’ Regional Sales Manager Michael Nelson and SLU faculty members Kathy Kienstra, Sherry Bicklein and Michele Streb. It was definitely an honor to have the opportunity to be able to help support the educational efforts of the Radiation Therapy Program at the Saint Louis University.

Find the article written by the Saint Louis University here:

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Immobilizing and positioning breast patients in prone position with Sagittilt

6 March, 2014 | Tags: , , | Categorised in:


Prone breast treatment is becoming more and more accepted as the advantages are proven in several publications worldwide. Lying face down for radiation therapy is proven to lessen the amount of collateral damage to breast cancer patients’ heart and lungs (Formenti SC, et al, 2012). Orfit Industries has designed a unique product to immobilize a prone breast patient: The SagittiltTM prone breast solution.

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Orfit at ESTRO 33 in Vienna (04-08 April, 2014)

3 March, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , | Categorised in:

Early April, Orfit Industries will exhibit at ESTRO 33 in Vienna. ESTRO 33 is the premier European event in Radiation Oncology and focuses on new and emerging developments in the field.

On the booth (#5300), we will be showcasing a wide range of products. You will be able to see plenty of mask demonstrations by our product specialists. Feel free to stop by and ask them for tips and tricks on how to use our products. They will be able to show you how to mold the novel Open Face Hybrid Mask, masks for the Extremities Solution, masks on the AIO Solution and many others.

Invitation ESTRO

Other innovative products that will be shown are the SagittiltTM Prone Breast Solution. This new product allows you to tilt the prone breast patient to allow the ipsi-lateral breast to fall further away from heart and lung. This is a unique solution to treat breast cancer patients and protect the healthy tissue.

You can also stop by for a demonstration of our SBRT solution. There will be 2 versions of the SBRT solution presented.

The Orfit staff will be happy to welcome you on the booth and answer all your questions.

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Orfit takes testing very seriously – Open Face Hybrid Mask Tests

14 February, 2014 | | Categorised in: ,

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This week, Orfit’s R&D department performed a test on the Open Face Hybrid Mask. The test was conducted on 10 people (5 men and 5 women, aged 24 till 59). Four different masks were molded on each person: 2 open face head masks (3-points) and 2 open face head, neck and shoulder masks (5-points). After 24 hours, the masks were refitted to test the reproducibility and shrinkage.

The test showed that none of the volunteers were able to move their head more than 2mm underneath the mask. This proves once again that the Open Face Hybrid Mask is as stable as a traditional 3-points head mask, while improving the patient comfort and reducing anxiety of being unable to move.

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Verborgen Belgische exportparel haalt Amerikaanse slag thuis

11 February, 2014 | Tags: | Categorised in: ,

Uit De Tijd van 11 februari 2014, door Maaike Van Melckebeke

Lees het artikel op de website van De Tijd

Orfit, een Belgische wereldspeler inzake medische hulpmiddelen, heeft in de Verenigde Staten groen licht gekregen om er een nieuw masker voor radiotherapiepatiënten op de markt te brengen. ‘Een belangrijke doorbraak.’

Orfit mag bij de doorsnee-Belg dan geen belletje doen rinkelen, het familiebedrijf uit Wijnegem is een begrip in zijn niche. Orfit produceert medische hulpmiddelen uit kunststof, met als bekendste voorbeeld spalkmiddelen voor patiënten die herstellen van een chirurgische ingreep. De grootste groeimarkt voor Orfit zit echter bij de ‘producten voor immobilisatie’ voor kankerpatiënten.

Een behandeling tegen kanker bestaat veelal uit een combinatie van een chirurgische ingreep, chemotherapie en radiotherapie (externe bestraling). Tumoren bestralen is erg doeltreffend, maar helaas zijn de stralen even toxisch voor de andere lichamelijke weefsels dan voor de tumor. Met de technologie van vandaag voorhanden, kunnen specialisten de straling precies beperken tot één afgelijnd gebied, maar dan moet de patiënt wel letterlijk volledig stilliggen. En daar komt Orfit in het verhaal.

‘We maken maskers uit smeltbare thermoplastics die de patiënt beperken om meer dan 2 millimeter te bewegen’, aldus Steven Cuypers, de CEO van Orfit. De maskers bestaan uit een kunststofmengeling die soepel wordt in water dat verwarmd wordt tot 65 graden. ‘Na een korte afkoeling leggen we het masker op de patiënt, waarna we een mal kunnen vormen die precies de vorm aanneemt van zijn of haar lichaam.’ Bij de daadwerkelijke behandeling wordt het masker vastgemaakt aan de tafel, waardoor de patiënt volledig vast ligt. Continue reading

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Marouane Fellaini resumes trainings with custom-made Orfit Splint

31 January, 2014 | Tags: , , | Categorised in:

Recovering from his wrist injury, Fellaini will wear a splint from Orfit Crystal during his recommenced trainings


Marouane Fellaini (midfielder for Manchester United and for the Belgian National soccer team) is currently recovering from a wrist surgery and is expected to be out until February. Fellaini injured his wrist ligaments in a clash against Shakhtar Donetsk during the Champions League in October, but after consulting with the medical staff and the Belgian National Team, he decided to delay the needed operation until the end of 2013. The procedure to repair the tendon scapho-lunar damage took place on December 21st .


Last Friday (24/01), Fellaini and his Physical Therapist Lieven Maesschalck came to Orfit Industries to be measured for a customized splint. Three separate IMF splints were made by Jean-Christophe Arias, expert of Orfit products:

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Orfit Industries presents Orthotic Fabrication Workshops for every clinician-Beginner to Expert

22 January, 2014 | Tags: , , , | Categorised in:

Find out the many reasons Orfit workshops get rave reviews from attendees!

Orfit Industries, the leading manufacturer and supplier of low temperature thermoplastic materials for physical rehabilitation offers stimulating orthotic fabrication workshops that are educational, practical and clinically relevant to the client challenges you face every day.

Earn valuable continuing education credits towards licensure and certification renewals!

Orfit Industries America is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education.

AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education

“The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of
specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.”

Each full day splinting workshop is custom designed for the beginner, intermediate and/ or advanced expert level therapist.  The workshop offers hands-on skill development and practice along with pedagogic instruction in the core principles of orthotic fabrication.  We will take you through a full review of the relevant upper extremity anatomy and protocols for treatment of various clinical conditions and diagnoses.  Participants have the opportunity to experience the various characteristics of each thermoplastic material as they design and fabricate orthoses that incorporate each specific material’s properties and features in the most optimal way.

A full day splinting workshop covers the following: Continue reading

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Injured top volleyball player treated with Orfilight thermoplastic material

14 January, 2014 | Tags: , , | Categorised in:

 Orfilight proven to be an excellent material for sport applications

Intermedica, Orfit distributor in Italy, received a request for assistance from Doctor Chierico to treat an injury of Margareta Kozuch, captain of the German national volleyball team, and winner of a silver medal at the last European championship. Miss Kozuch played in Italy for the Futura Volley Busto Arsizio until last year. During a game, she suffered a fracture of the second phalanx of the little finger. The only solution that could allow Miss Kozuch to keep on playing was a custom made brace from Orfit thermoplastic material. According to Dr Chierico, this material is particularly suitable when it comes to treating and stabilizing fingers.

Intermedica provided Dr Chierico with a first aid kit consisting of a small water bath (to activate and soften the material at the correct temperature), Velcro straps and, above all, different types of Orfit thermoplastic materials so that the therapist could choose from a wide range and select the most suitable option for the specific splint he had in mind.

Orfilight, a lightweight splinting product (30% less than the lightest of competing products) became the material of his choice. The test splint was created and Miss Kozuch was able to return to Azerbaijan, where she is currently playing for the team in the capital, Baku. On the basis of this experience, Dr Chierico is already working on a second step of the test splint, designed specifically for injuries related to playing volleyball.

After her return to the team, she could easily start training and playing again: ‘The protection is very good and I can attack and block without pain’.

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Immobilizing claustrophobic patients with an Open Face Mask (VIDEO)

10 January, 2014 | Tags: , , | Categorised in:

What to do when a claustrophobic patient is unable to stay under a standard head mask throughout the treatment? Orfit has a solution for this problem with the new Open Face Hybrid Mask. This thermoplastic mask leaves eyes, nose and mouth exposed. The mask is not in the field of view of the patient, which makes it much more comfortable.

At the same time, the mask has a good reproducibility that is similar to the standard head mask. This was tested by a team of Memorial Sloan Kettering and the results can be found in their publication: Migration from full-head mask to “open-face” mask for immobilization of patients with head and neck cancer by Li et al.

The reason that the open face mask has such a good reproducibility is the Nanor reinforcement layer. The Nanor thermoplastic material has a thickness of 1.2mm, the thinnest material in our product range. Despite of its thickness it is a very stable material. Nanor has recently been FDA cleared.

The open face masks exists in a 3-points version for the head and a 5-points version for the head, neck and shoulders and this both with HP L-profiles and push pin profiles.

Have a look at the videos for tips on how to mold these masks.

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