The old crone pulled me closer. I was 25, shy and about to have an arranged marriage with a Wall Street banker. A few days before the wedding, two Rajasthani women came to my home to apply mehndi for my 25 cousins and me. By Indian standards, we were a small family. She frowned. She needed a longer name.
Intricate lines of reddish-brown cover my hands, stopping just past my wrist. The lines make leaves and flowers, dots and graceful corners as they fold over my fingers and onto my palms, where the pattern darkens from sweat. Moisture brings out the pigment. A walking gallery. As a kid growing up in Colorado with Moroccan immigrant parents, I loved having henna done. It usually meant that some type of familial event was happening: a wedding, a baby on the way, Ramadan, a visit to Morocco. My grandmother would mix the henna powder with water, let it sit for a few hours, load it into a syringe and get to work on me, my sister, and cousins, tracing intricate designs onto our hands.
Preparation of site of radiation delivery is an important process in radiation treatment planning and plays a crucial role during a course of radiotherapy to achieve reproducibility of set-up and accuracy of treatment delivery. The preparation of treatment area is done by markings of field center, field edge or other reference point of planned field. Both non-invasive marker pen, henna and invasive methods tattoo are available for marking with limitations of each. Visibility, permanent nature, social-religious belief, and mobility of skin are one of the main concerns about tattoo. Tattoo removal can be done performed if desirable by patients by various modern ways, which will be esthetically available.
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