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The use of radiation, external beam and brachytherapy, for the treatment of malignant diseases has evolved empirically, by intuition and through careful clinical observation. Some of the knowledge acquired over the years has been validated in the laboratory in vitro and in animal studies but much of it is still based on clinical experience. This is particularly true with regard to the combination of brachytherapy and external beam for Carcinoma of the Cervix.
The purpose of this study is to review the development and use of the systems that have been used to prescribe brachytherapy and external beam for cervical carcinoma. The possibility of incorporating detailed brachytherapy dose distributions obtained using CT/MR compatible applicators and integrating it with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) based external beam dose distributions, heretofore not possible, will be discussed.