The 3M Company recently produced a special version of the type 6702 seed for use in animal studies of ocular melanoma. The seed consists of a single 1–125 impregnated ion exchange resin sphere encapsulated in a 3.0-mm-long titanium cylinder, as opposed to the normal 4.5-mm cylinder containing from three to five resin spheres. Monte Carlo simulations and measurements show that the dose distribution around the 3-mm capsule differs in places by up to 10% from that of the 4.5-mm seed. In addition, the two seed types differ by 12% in the ratio of dose in tissue along the transverse seed axis to apparent activity. These differences must be taken into account when using these seeds.
- 1-125 dosimetry brachytherapy ocular melanoma Monte Carlo
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- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging