Ever since its discovery, ionizing radiation has found applications in diagnostic and therapeutic medicine. X rays are used for radiography and radiotherapy, while gamma and beta radiation is utilized in diagnostic techniques with radioactive tracers, as well as for radiotherapy. After a brief discussion of radiation physics, examples are given of treatments and tests based on ionizing radiation which are in regular use today in clinical medicine. These include radiotherapy using radioactive substances in contact with, or within, the patient's body, and by means of external radiation beams. Diagnostic applications based on the uptake and distribution of radioactive materials in the body are also described.
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1973|
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