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Total skin electron therapy: a technique which can be implemented on a conventional electron linear accelerator.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8407415     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: A technique for treating whole-body skin with an electron linear accelerator with nominal energies in the range 4-8 MeV is presented. Stationary fields at an extended source-skin distance are used with the patient treated in a reclined position. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The relative beam data, absolute dosimetry measurements and the patient setup parameters are presented. The calculations required to correct for patient size are discussed. RESULTS: The technique described uses a six field circumferential cycle, with longitudinally matched fields along the length of the patient. Treatment times are reasonable using the standard dose rate of the machine. The uniformity of the skin dose measured on three patients was found to be comparable to that of other total skin treatment techniques. CONCLUSION: A technique for treating conditions like mycosis fungoides is presented requiring relatively simple supporting dosimetry. No modifications to the unit are required and no sophisticated treatment apparatus is necessary, which makes the technique attractive to smaller Institutions, especially in developing countries, where technical support may be limited.
D G Van Der Merwe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0360-3016     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys.     Publication Date:  1993 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-11-04     Completed Date:  1993-11-04     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7603616     Medline TA:  Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  391-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medical Physics, University of the Witwatersand, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Models, Biological*
Particle Accelerators*
Radiation Dosage
Whole-Body Irradiation / methods*

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