Prostate brachytherapy beads

Case contributed by Ian Bickle
Diagnosis certain


Hematuria. Prior prostate cancer treated with brachythreapy.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male

Multiple high density structures in the prostate gland in keeping with brachytherapy beads.

Case Discussion

Brachy (greek for short) therapy is a localized form of radiation therapy delivered through either the temporary of permanent insertion of beads emitting radiation from isotopes within the beads.

In this case, the short, refers to a short distance, as the therapy is targeted to a specific organ (in this case the prostate) to limit the collateral damage to normal tissue from radiation.

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