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J Korean Soc Ther Radiol > Volume 9(2); 1991 > Article
Journal of the Korean Society for Therapeutic Radiology 1991;9(2): 361-367.
Annual Statistics of Radiation Therapy : 1990
This paper on the status of radiotherapy machine and related facilities, clinical activities and radiation safety management is based on the statistical data which collected through the questionnaire sent to a total number of 37 hospitals holding the Department of Therapeutic Radiology in Korea. It is true that the quality of instruments installed in the hospitals equal to that of the instrument in the industrialized conuntries' hospitals. But the clinical specialists and physicists who can utilize such instruments fall short of the required number, which might be a main factor in hindering the development of therapeutic radiology of Korea. According to the nation-wide cancer statistics, we can estimate the number of annual cancer patients as 45,000 to 50,000. As a result, probably around 25,000 should receive radiation therapy. It is expected that in the future the number of cancer patients to whom radiation therapy should be applied will become twice as much as that of the cancer patients in 1990. Given such a condition, the problem facing the Korean Society of Therapeutic Radiology now is to increase the number of medical doctors and physicists.
Key Words: Annual Statistics Radiation Therapy
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