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9 (c) countries. The next paragraphs describe procedures followed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States and the role of CE Marking in the area of the European Union. The information below is mainly based on the specific sections on this subject in the recent report of AAPM task group 167 “American Association of Physicists in Medicine” and “European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology” Recommendations on Dosimetry Requirements for New or Innovative Brachytherapy Sources, Devices, and Applications (Nath et al.

2006. Brachytherapy technology and physics practice since 1950: A half-century of progress. Phys Med Biol 51:R303–25. 9 Rupak K. Das University of Wisconsin Jack L. M. 7 Applicators and Appliances..................................................................................................... 1 Introduction Brachytherapy was first introduced at the beginning of the twentieth century, where the radioactive sources were manually implanted into the tumor, thereby subjecting the physician and other medical personnel to unwanted radiation exposure.

Each modality is seeking to harness modern technology to optimize its ability to ablate a local tumor, minimizing effects on surrounding normal tissue. Thus, there are challenges from surgical robotic tools such as the Da Vinci robotic system, laser ablation, cryotherapy, and high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) techniques. The choice faced by the patient is often bewildering, and the evidence of superiority of one over the other is lacking. In this setting, the influence of individual clinicians (choosing either to refer the patient for radiotherapy/ brachytherapy or to use other surgical or physical therapies) and the media often has greatest impact.

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