NYT on Prostate Seed Implants

June 26, 2009 · Written by MDPhysics.com · mdphysicsblog@gmail.com

There was an interesting article in the June 20, 2009 issue of the New York Times on Prostate Seed Implants gone wrong at the V.A hospital in Philadelphia. I had expressed concern over the potential inaccuracy of implant placements in a previous article on MDPhysics, but never imagined the degree of error that occurred at this particular brachytherapy program. I cannot fathom how a team of professionals can make such disastrous errors (over and over again). You can read the full article here.

Also, it’s worth mentioning the NYT had a neat graphical “tutorial” on prostate seed implants for the layperson who wanted to know how the procedure is performed. Check it out here.

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One Response to “NYT on Prostate Seed Implants”

  1. Stewart Midwinter on May 6th, 2010 6:56 pm

    Thanks for posting this story. Even though it appeared nearly a year ago, I just came across it now while researching Brachytherapy as a possible treatment for my prostate cancer. I now have been educated on the kinds of questions I should be asking my radiologist, e.g. about quality control measures!

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