Contact: Donna Dubuc
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Caption: A radiation beam treatment is visualized here in the first in human use of the technique. The blue represents the treatment area. As the dose fades the treatment area becomes a dark gray shadow. The lingering blue in the lower right hand area of the image shows a "hot spot" in the treatment area where adjustments can be made to avoid skin irritation.
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