Journal article

Ultrasound use in gynecologic brachytherapy: Time to focus the beam

Sylvia van Dyk, Michal Schneider, Srinivas Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, David Bernshaw, Kailash Narayan

Brachytherapy | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2015

Abstract

There is wide disparity in the practice of brachytherapy for cervical cancer around the world. Although select well-resourced centers advocate use of MRI for all insertions, planar X-ray imaging remains the most commonly used imaging modality to assess intracavitary implants, particularly where the burden of cervical cancer is high. Incorporating soft tissue imaging into brachytherapy programs has been shown to improve the technical accuracy of implants, which in turn has led to improved local control and decreased toxicity. These improvements have a positive effect on the quality of life of patients undergoing brachytherapy for cervical cancer. Finding an accessible soft tissue imaging moda..

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