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Imaging method for monitoring delivery of high dose rate brachytherapy

United States Patent

October 23, 2012
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A method for in-situ monitoring both the balloon/cavity and the radioactive source in brachytherapy treatment utilizing using at least one pair of miniature gamma cameras to acquire separate images of: 1) the radioactive source as it is moved in the tumor volume during brachytherapy; and 2) a relatively low intensity radiation source produced by either an injected radiopharmaceutical rendering cancerous tissue visible or from a radioactive solution filling a balloon surgically implanted into the cavity formed by the surgical resection of a tumor.
Weisenberger; Andrew G. (Yorktown, VA), Majewski; Stanislaw (Yorktown, VA)
Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (Newport News, VA)
11/ 985,680
November 16, 2007
The United States of America may have certain rights to this invention under Management and Operating Contract DE-ACO5-060R23177 from the United States Department of Energy.