Calibration and Quality Assurance of Brachytherapy Sources

Authored by: Colin H. Jones

Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics

Print publication date:  June  2007
Online publication date:  June  2007

Print ISBN: 9780750308601
eBook ISBN: 9781420012026
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781420012026.ch51

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Abstract

Brachytherapy developed largely through the use of sealed radium and radon sources. In the 1950s, alternative artificially produced nuclides became available, and gradually radium and radon were replaced with 137Cs, 192Ir, 60Co, 198Au, and 125I sources (Trott 1987; Godden 1988). Although radium and radon are no longer used, many of the techniques that are used currently are based on the clinical experience gained with those sources over more than sixty years. Table M.4 in Part M gives data for a number of brachytherapy sources in current use.

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