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September 1960

Radiation Protection for Users of the Nasopharyngeal Radium Applicator

Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;72(3):385-387. doi:10.1001/archotol.1960.00740010393021

In 1947, protection from radiation hazard was very little regarded as serious, and even simple precautions were neglected in many of our clinics. This seemed especially true in our hearing clinics, where 1,000-mc. radon nasopharyngeal applicators were handled without even the benefit of leaded gloves or aprons. Since then radiation danger and protection have become of vital concern to everyone.

Since the Crowe-Burnam 50-mg. radium nasopharyngeal applicator is so widely used throughout the world for the prevention and treatment of various ear, nose, and throat conditions, such as impaired hearing, asthmatic bronchitis, aerotitis, postnasal discharge, and recurrent upper respiratory infections, improved protection against radiation is vitally important.

The following description is of the design of three protective devices used in conjunction with one another for giving radium treatment to the nasopharynx:

  1. An improved Crowe-Burnam nasopharyngeal 50-mg. radium applicator

  2. An enlarged and improved storage container for holding the above

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