Bringing MRI Scanners to the Brachytherapy Suite: A Study of Innovation in the Field of Radiation Oncology

By David Flynn

Radiation therapy has been used to treat human disease for more than 100 years. Currently, radiation therapy is a mainstay of cancer therapy, used to treat approximately 1 million patients per year in the United States. Radiation works by causing damage to cellular DNA. It is particularly useful in treating cancer because neoplastic cells, which lack many normal DNA repair capabilities, making them more susceptible to radiation-induced DNA damage than healthy cells.

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