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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



radio wave  listen  (RAY-dee-oh…)

  A type of wave made when an electric field and a magnetic field are combined. Radio waves are being studied in the treatment of several types of cancer and other conditions. The radio waves are sent through needles inserted into tumor tissue and may kill cancer cells. Radio waves are also used in MRI to create detailed images of areas inside the body.