AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 4 (April)

High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (April 2009)

April 2009 pages 3-4 Coding Brief:High Dose Rate Brachytherapy The delivery of high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy treatment involves the use of high-intensity radioelements with source radioactivity too great to allow manual handling. HDR brachytherapy, a technique that may be used in any anatomical site suitable for brachytherapy, is performed by using a remote after-loading device (also called an "afterloader"), which safely stores the radiation source between treatments and delivers the radioactive source directly into the patient during therapy. With HDR brachytherapy, the appropriate implanted device (eg, catheter, applicator, or cylinder) is first placed in the patient's anatomical area...

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