High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is the clinical use of radioactive isotopes to provide a highly conformal image-guided radiation therapy treatment.  HDR uses a single, highly radioactive source of Iridium-192 that is welded to the end of a flexible cable.  The device called a remote afterloader safely stores radiation source between treatments and delivers the source directly into the patient during therapy.  The physician will place the catheters or other applicators into the patient.  Following localization of the treatment area as well a computer treatment planning by our physics team, the treatment is administered to the patient in a radiation-shielded vault.

HDR will be offered for the following types of cancer:

  • Esophageal
  • Gynecological
  • Lung
  • Skin
  • Breast