Face mould for administering radiotherapy

Made:
1962-1965 in Switzerland

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Face mould applicator, one of three, for administrating radiotherapy using the 35 MeV betatron for cancer therapy by
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Group shot of face mould applicator, one of three, for administrating radiotherapy using the 35 MeV betatron for cancer
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Full face mould applicator with plaster of paris mould insert, one of three, for administering radiotherapy using the 35 MeV betatron for cancer therapy, by Brown Boveri, Switzerland, from St. Luke's Hospital, Guildford, 1962-65.

Radiotherapy treatment for cancer needs to be targeted accurately as the treatment can damage surrounding healthy cells. Here, a plaster cast was prepared of the person’s face from which a Perspex (a type of acrylic plastic) mould was made. The Perspex mould would then be used to hold the patient’s head in a fixed position, allowing the treatment area to be accurately marked. This example was used at St Luke’s Hospital in Guilford, Surrey, England.

Some hospitals give their patients the opportunity to take their masks when they finished their treatment as a symbol of their recovery. It is shown with a similar example (1990-112/5.)

Details

Category:
Radiomedicine
Object Number:
1990-112/6
Materials:
adhesive tape, plaster-of-Paris, plastic (unidentified)
type:
radiotherapy equipment

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