High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) utilizes radioactive materials that are placed temporarily inside cancerous tumors or areas of the body requiring radiation treatment. These implants can be done with high intensity sources that oscillate the radiation then are removed within minutes. A special machine located in the treatment room delivers the radiation. It can be used to treat prostate, breast, gynecological, lung and some head and neck cancers, but is rarely the only radiation treatment prescribed.