Title

Afterloading: The Technique That Rescued Brachytherapy

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Radiation Oncology

Date

7-1-2015

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Brachytherapy; History, 20th Century; Humans; Occupational Exposure; Radiation Injuries; Radioisotopes; Technology, Radiologic

Disciplines

Neoplasms | Oncology | Radiology | Therapeutics

Abstract

Although brachytherapy had been established as a highly effective modality for the treatment of cancer, its application was threatened by mid-20th century due to appreciation of the radiation hazard to health care workers. This review examines how the introduction of afterloading eliminated exposure and ushered in a brachytherapy renaissance.

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Citation: Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Jul 1;92(3):479-87. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2015.02.014. Link to article on publisher's site

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

26068477