Berry, 1976 (x-ray epilation on guinea pigs)

Berry, 1976

Title: Skin response to X-irradiation in the guinea-pig.

Authors: Berry RJ, Mole RH, Barnes DW

Journal: Int J Radiat Biol Relat Stud Phys Chem Med 1976 Dec;30(6):535-41

PMID: 1087293, UI: 77070773

Skin reaction to X-irradiation has been studied in the albino guinea-pig; early response in limited-field irradiations of the flank is comparable to that commonly seen in rodents, swine and man, and is dose-dependent with a dynamic range from mild erythema to moist desquamation. The peak early skin reaction is seen between 14 and 21 days after irradiation, and declines before 30 days except at the highest doses used. Fractionation of the X-ray dose at 24 hours results in a ‘sparing’ of about 340 rad. Permanent partial epilation is detectable at doses in excess of 1400 rad, and complete epilation at 1 year occurs in 50 per cent of irradiated fields at 1740 rad. Twenty-four hour two-dose fractionation results in a ‘sparing’ of about 500 rad for epilation. Palpable dermal ‘fibrosis’ is detectable at 3 months after irradiation in fields given more than 2070 rad, and at 1 year after irradiation in fields given more than 1800 rad; 50 per cent of fields showed palpable ‘fibrosis’ at 1 year at 1930 rad. Unlike domestic swine and man, skin fields in the guinea-pig showed no dimensional contraction after X-ray doses which produced gross early skin damage.