Afterloading: The Technique That Rescued Brachytherapy
Department of Radiation Oncology
Medical Subject Headings
Brachytherapy; History, 20th Century; Humans; Occupational Exposure; Radiation Injuries; Radioisotopes; Technology, Radiologic
Neoplasms | Oncology | Radiology | Therapeutics
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
Aronowitz, Jesse N., "Afterloading: The Technique That Rescued Brachytherapy" (2015). Radiation Oncology Publications and Presentations. 80.