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Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is a treatment utilizing small radioactive sources. Typical radioactive sources include Cs-137, Ir-192, I-125, and Pd-109. Brachytherapy can be intracavity or interstitial.

Intracavitory Brachtherapy

Intracavity brachytherapy utilizes externally loaded applicators which are inserted into the body via a body cavity. This types of implants are usually temporary and are removed after a few days.

Interstitial Brachytherapy

Interstitial implants are both temporary and permanent. For permanent implants, the radioactive sources are left in the body indefinately where they deposit all of their radiation.

Contact Information

Radiation Oncology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-2345