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Great difficulty has been experienced with methods of applying radium to the face, head and neck. This applicator, while very simple in construction, is adjustable to any angle by bending the copper wire, and when once adjusted remains in perfect contact with the lesion, allowing the patient to move his head in any direction.
Another important consideration is distance without the use of blocks or gauze. This method eliminates the handling of radium, as it can be placed in the rubber tube with forceps and removed in the same manner.
It consists of a leather head-band, copper wire and universal ball joint made to be used with one-fourth inch rubber tubing, in which the radium is placed.
The applicator is manufactured by the Akron Surgical Instrument Company, Indianapolis.
Kennedy WH. RADIUM APPLICATOR FOR TREATMENT OF LESIONS ABOUT THE HEAD, FACE AND NECK. JAMA. 1926;86(25):1907. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720510003013a
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