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Commonly used radiation sources (radionuclides) for brachytherapy

Radiation sources for Brachytherapy


RadionuclideTypeHalf-lifeEnergy
Caesium-137 (137Cs)γ-ray30.17 years0.662 MeV
Cobalt-60 (60Co)γ-rays5.26 years1.17, 1.33 MeV
Iridium-192 (192Ir)γ-ray74.0 days0.38 MeV (mean)
Iodine-125 (125I)X-rays59.6 days27.4, 31.4 and 35.5 keV
Palladium-103 (103Pd)X-ray17.0 days21 keV (mean)
Ruthenium-106 (106Ru)β-particles1.02 years3.54 MeV

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