Year

2015

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Centre for Medical Radiation Physics

Abstract

High dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy is the preferred treatment option for clinically localised prostate cancer. The underlying principle is simple: temporarily inserting a highly radioactive source inside the target volume and moving it through a sequence of predefined positions for pre-calculated dwell times. HDR brachytherapy is capable of achieving a highly conformal dose distribution which cannot be matched by external beam radiation therapy.

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