Radioactive iridium, wires implanted in man's neck

Radioactive iridium, wires implanted in man's neck

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Caption: Radioactive iridium wires implanted into a man's neck to treat a lymphatic cancer. Radioactive implants are used to deliver a controlled dose of radiation to a localised tumour. Other types include radium needles (used to treat cancers of the larynx) and pellets of caesium-137 (contained in an applicator for insertion into the vagina or uterus to treat cancers of cervix, uterus or vagina). Radioactivity from such implants travels distances varying from a millimetre to up to 2 centimetres. Needle and wire implants are left in place for typical durations ranging from 24 hours to 1 week.

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Keywords: healthcare, implant, iridium needles, medical, medicine, radiation treatment, radiotherapy, therapy, treatments

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