Brachytherapy, also known as sealed source radiotherapy or endocurietherapy, is a form of radiotherapy where a radioactive source is placed, under the guidance of imaging, within or next to the area requiring treatment.  This provides localized targeted internal radiation.

Brachytherapy has been used to treat:

Radiographic features

On plain radiography and CT, brachytherapy seeds appear as multiple small linear metallic density radiopacities within the prostate.

Treatment and prognosis


Side effects associated with brachytherapy treatment of prostate cancer include:

  • urinary symptoms, often short-lived
  • infertility or impotence (6-50%)
  • migration of seeds out of the treatment region

Differential diagnosis

  • urethral lift procedure
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