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internal radiation therapy using a radioactive source placed either within the body or a cavity, on the body surface, or a short distance from the surface.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Radiotherapy in which the source of irradiation is placed close to the surface of the body or within a body cavity; for example, application of radium to the cervix.
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n. pl. brachythera·pies
Radiotherapy in which the source of radiation is placed close to the surface of the body or within a body cavity.
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brachytherapyImplant radiation, internal radiation, intracavitary therapy, interstitial radiation therapy Radiation oncology RT in which radioactive materials–iridium-192, radium-226, and other radioisotopes, sealed in needles, seeds, wires, or catheters are placed in direct contact with certain carcinomas to deliver locally intense ionizing radiation–eg, as needed in invasive CA of the uterine cervix. See Intravascular brachytherapy.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Radiotherapy in which the source of irradiation is placed close to the surface of the body or implanted in the tissues to be treated (e.g., application of radium to the cervix). Treatment targets specific tissues without harm to the surrounding normal tissue.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
brachytherapyA form of RADIOTHERAPY in which sealed sources of radioactive material are inserted for various periods into body cavities or directly into tumours, so as to lie as close as possible to the area to be radiated.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
A type of radiation treatment for cancer in which the source of the radiation is applied directly to the surface of the body.
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