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November 1975

Ionizing Radiation Therapy in Dermatology: Current 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)

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