Universal Endometrial Applicator Set used to treat the vagina

Made:
2005 in United Kingdom

Universal Endometrial Applicator Set used to treat the vagina, cervix, paracervical area, endometrium, uterus and ovaries, used in conjunction with the Varisource 200 brachytherapy system, made by Varian Medical Systems, Crawley, United Kingdom, 2005

The applicator is inserted close to the site where radiation treatment is needed, and the Varisource system delivers radiation via a source wire. The applicator cylinder is designed so that the distance between the tip and the source remains constant ensuring a targeted, consistent treatment dose.

The afterloader holds the tiny radioactive source (smaller than a grain of rice) in a safe place, until it is needed for treatment. The development of remote afterloading systems, which allow the radiation to be delivered from a shielded safe, and the use of new radioactive sources in the 1950s and 1960s, reduced the risk of unnecessary exposure to the operator and their patients.

Brachytherapy is a form of radiotherapy which places radioactive sources close or even inside the area requiring treatment. It is usually used to treat prostate cancer, cervical and womb cancer and sometimes head and neck cancers. The advantages of this technique is that the treatment affects only a very localized area so exposure to healthy tissues is reduced. The radioactive source is applied through applicators typically a needle or plastic catheter. On completion of delivery of the radioactive sources, the applicators are carefully removed from the body. Low dose brachytherapy or radioactive seeds remain in the body over a period of a few months. High dose therapies are carried out for a few minutes per visit as part of a treatment plan.

Details

Category:
Radiomedicine
Object Number:
2019-297/8
Materials:
metal and plastic
type:
applicator
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment