In most diseases of the skin that are amenable to roentgen therapy the chief pathologic changes occur in the upper portion of the cutis, usually at a depth of a few millimeters from the surface. Less often there is involvement of the deeper portion of the cutis or subcutaneous areolar tissue. Since even then the pathologic changes seldom take place at a depth over 1 cm., we endeavored to determine the depth dose of x-rays of the qualities ordinarily used in dermatologic therapy at each millimeter below the surface of the skin.
It was obvious that the ordinary thimble type of ionization chamber, successfully used for measurements at greater depths, was unsuited for this purpose. We therefore were forced to devise other methods, and of these the inclined film arrangement proved the most satisfactory. Our results are based on measurements made by this method.
At first, measurements of direct absorption
ANDREWS GC, BRAESTRUP CB. MEASUREMENTS OF THE DEPTH DOSE FOR ROENTGEN THERAPY USED IN DERMATOLOGIC PRACTICE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1936;33(3):446–456. doi:10.1001/archderm.1936.01470090036003
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