Total skin electron arc irradiation using a reclined patient position

Bruce J. Gerbi, Faiz M. Khan, F. Christopher Deibel, Tae H. Kim

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Several techniques for the treatment of the total skin of the patient using electron beams have been described in the literature. However, most techniques presuppose that the patient is capable of maintaining a standing position for the duration of the treatment. For patients either weakened by disease or those suffering from a loss of limbs, this is often an unrealistic expectation. We will describe a total skin electron irradiation technique that allows the patient to remain in a reclined position without sacrificing dose uniformity. This technique uses two symmetric ±48° arc electron beams to provide a field uniformity of ±5% over a range of ∼250 cm X 45 cm. Six patient positions are used to provide a uniform dose around the periphery of the patient. A description of the treatment technique along with details of the dosimetry are given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-404
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1989


  • Cutaneous lymphomas
  • Electron arc
  • Mycosis fungoides
  • Total skin irradiation


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