UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Radiation Oncology
Document TypeJournal Article
history of medicine
Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment
History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
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AbstractPermanent prostate brachytherapy has been practiced for more than a century. This review examines the influence of earlier procedures on the modern transperineal ultrasound-directed technique. A literature review was conducted to examine the origin of current clinical practice. The dimensions of the modern brachytherapy seed, the prescription dose, and implant/teletherapy sequencing are vestigial features, which may be suboptimal in the current era of low-energy photon-emitting radionuclides and computerized dose calculations. Although the modern transperineal permanent prostate implant procedure has proven to be safe and effective, it should undergo continuous re-evaluation and evolution to ensure that its potential is maximized.
SourceAronowitz JN, Rivard MJ. The phylogeny of permanent prostate brachytherapy. J Contemp Brachytherapy. 2013 Jun;5(2):89-92. doi: 10.5114/jcb.2013.35562. Link to article on publisher's site
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