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Interstitial Warm-Water Hyperthermia Combined with Ir 192-HDR Implantation: Principle, Practical Application and First Clinical Experiences

  • K. S. Arian-Schad
  • H. Leitner
  • G. Stücklschweiger
  • L. Handl-Zeller
  • A. Hackl

Abstract

The introduction of artificial radionuclides and the development of afterloading devices with computerized dosimetry calculation programs has led to a renewed interest in interstitial brachytherapy. To improve the therapeutic efficacy of interstitial radiotherapy combined effort has been directed to investigate the adjuvant use of hyperthermia. Whereas externally applied hyperthermia treatments cannot ensure uniform heat delivery, due in part to limitations in current technology, invasive techniques have proven themselves to be a reliable method of achieving relatively homogeneous thermal distributions within a defined volume with minimal damage to the neighbouring normal tissue.

Keywords

Equilateral Triangle Interstitial Brachytherapy Anal Carcinoma Thermocouple Probe Hollow Needle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. S. Arian-Schad
    • 1
    • 2
  • H. Leitner
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Stücklschweiger
    • 1
    • 2
  • L. Handl-Zeller
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Hackl
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of RadiotherapyUniversity Clinic of RadiologyGrazAustria
  2. 2.University Clinic of RadiotherapyViennaAustria

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