High-flow brachytherapy of the breast in a hospital in Arizona, USA.
The magnification shows hollow catheters in which iridium sources are inserted. Catheters are held in place at both ends with buttons. The remote-controlled machine on the right delivers and positions the radioactive sources in the catheters. The treatment, which lasts about ten minutes, takes place in a shielded room. The protocol provides for two sessions separate of at least six hours, during which the patient can leave the clinic. A divided dose is more effective and safer than a single dose.
Arizona Oncology Services