After considerable observation of the use of nonoperative methods in the treatment of diseased tonsils, which for one reason or another cannot be removed surgically, I still prefer radium to all other measures. With the improved technic in the preparation and the application of the radon seeds, disease of the tonsils can be eliminated in from one to three months.
Removable platinum seeds (radon seeds), each about 4 mm. long, are my choice. They have a screenage of 0.33 mm. thickness of platinum, which practically eliminates 98.5 per cent of the caustic beta rays. Each radon seed contains about 2.56 millicuries of radium emanation, but can be made to contain more or less emanation, as required. After the seed has been in situ for five or six days, it is removed by means of a silk thread attached to one end of the seed. At the end of this time,
J. COLEMAN SCAL. THE INOPERABLE TONSILTREATMENT WITH RADIUM IN PREFERENCE TO OTHER NONOPERATIVE METHODS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1930;11(4):459–462. doi:10.1001/archotol.1930.03560040075008