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November 1975

Ionizing Radiation Therapy in DermatologyCurrent Use in the United States and Canada

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Duhring Laboratories, Philadelphia.

Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(11):1511-1517. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630230113021

• A comprehensive survey of the Task Force on Ionizing Radiation of the National Program for Dermatology was answered by 2,444 dermatologists in the United States and Canada (53.6% of 4,560 questionnaires). Computer analysis of the data showed that 55.5% of dermatologic offices are equipped with superficial x-ray machines and/or grenz ray units and that 44.3% of dermatologists use superficial x-rays or grenz rays regularly. Most respondents (65.8%) favor increased practical instruction in radiotherapy in training programs. A majority (63.4%) want examinations in radiation therapy by the American Board of Dermatology continued or increased. Data dealing with training in radiation therapy, reasons for non-utilization, alternate care, radiation safety, and economic considerations are presented in detail. Common indications for superficial x-ray therapy and grenz ray therapy are listed in order of frequency and percentage of use.

(Arch Dermatol 111:1511-1517, 1975)