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Etymology: AS, sceort + wafian + Gk, dia + therme, heat
a method of providing heat deep in the body by short-wave electric currents. The high-frequency short-wave uses wavelengths of 3 to 30 meters. It is used to treat chronic arthritis, bursitis, sinusitis, and other conditions.
short-wave diathermyAbbreviation: SWD
Diathermy using wavelengths of 3 to 30 m. The most common frequency is 27.12 MHz. The heat may be applied in a continuous manner as a deep heat modality or pulsed to take advantage of the nonthermal effects of this form of radiation.
See also: diathermy