Development of an inexpensive brachytherapy afterloader for use in low resource settingsPublic
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The treatment of cancer through brachytherapy requires use of an afterloader, a device which, among other things, is prohibitively expensive. As global access to cancer treatment remains a challenge due to a severe lack of resources in many countries, it is becoming necessary to investigate less expensive designs for afterloaders. Here, the feasibility of one such design, using an Arduino Uno and a small stepper motor, is investigated. By programming the stepper motor to turn a certain number of steps, propelling a wire with a dummy source a set distance, this study demonstrates that such a design may be feasible, but requires further troubleshooting.
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