X-ray of radium needles in breast cancer treatment

X-ray of radium needles in breast cancer treatment

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This image is part of the feature 10 Women Scientists Who Changed The World
This image is part of the feature Marie Curie Anniversary

Credit: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Radium therapy. Chest X-ray of a woman with breast cancer receiving radiotherapy from implanted radium needles in 1929. Her ribs are visible as grey bands. In this technique around 40 needles (black) were placed into the cancerous areas of the breast. Each needle emitted radiation into the surrounding tissue, giving a total dose of over 16,000 milligram-hours of radium. The small grey circles are identification beads attached to the needles by thread. In radiotherapy, ionising radiation is targeted on or placed in cancerous tissue, destroying the cells or stopping further cancer development. Radium was discovered by the French scientists Marie and Pierre Curie in 1898.

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Keywords: breast cancer, cancer, cancer treatm, cancer treatme, cancer treatment, healthcare, historical image, history, medical, medical use, medicine, needle, radiotherapy, radium, radium needl, radium needles, radium therapy, therapy, treatment, xray

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