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June 1958

Radioactive Isotopes

Author Affiliations

San Francisco
From the Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology, Stanford University Medical School.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;59(6):821-830. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940070035003

The great scientific advance of our time was the splitting of the atom and all that accompanies it. The influence of radioisotopes on medicine is so great that any modern physician must have a basic knowledge of radioisotopes and their uses. The modern ophthalmologist is no exception. It is the purpose of this paper to acquaint the ophthalmologist who knows little or nothing of radiobiology with the basic and important concepts in this field as related to ophthalmology.

It will be necessary to present first a few fundamentals in the understanding of radioisotopes. Following this the use of radioisotopes in diagnosis in therapy and in research in ophthalmology will be discussed.

The problem of understanding the important basic principles of radioisotopes as applied to ophthalmology can be made very simple. Many of the terms used in radiobiology, such as neutrinos, positrons, etc., need be of no concern to us. Although

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