P. Lojacono

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At the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud (INFN-LNS) in Catania, Italy, the first Italian protontherapy facility, named Centro di AdroTerapia e Applicazioni Nucleari Avanzate (CATANA) has been built in collaboration with the University of Catania. It is based on the use of the 62-MeV proton beam delivered by the K=800(More)
Due to the features of the modern radiotherapy techniques, namely Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy and proton-therapy, where high spatial dose gradient are often present, detectors to be employed for 2D dose verifications have to satisfy very narrow requirements. In particular they have to show high spatial resolution. In the framework of the European(More)
Due to the features of modern radiotherapy techniques, such as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Stereotactic Treatments with photons and proton therapy, where high spatial dose gradient are often present, detectors to be employed for two-dimensional dose verifications must satisfy narrow requirements. In particular, they have to exhibit high(More)
High energy protons represent a very promising alternative in the tumor irradiation, as respect the photon and electron beams. In Italy, the first and at present the only proton-therapy facility, CATANA (Centro di AdroTerapia e Applicazioni Nucleari Avanzate), was built in Catania, at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud(More)
In this work we present the development of beam monitoring devices consisting of thin CsI(Tl) films deposited on Aluminium support layers. The light emitted by the scintillating layer during the beam irradiation is measured by a CCD-camera. In a first prototype a thin Aluminium support layer of 6 micron allows the ion beam to easily pass through without(More)
A facility in which a 62 MeV proton beam is employed in the radiotherapeutic treatment of several ocular disease has been active since March 2002 at Laboratori Nazionali del Sud. A fast and accurate quality control system of such beam has been designed and tested. The system consists of a scintillating screen mounted perpendicularly to the beam axis at a(More)
On August 2004, in the issue of IEEE Transaction on Nuclear Science Vol. 51, n. 4 was published a manuscript describing extensively a fast and accurate quality control system for radiotherapeutic proton beams. The system was developed for a facility, active since March 2002 at Laboratori Nazionali del Sud (Catania, Italy), in which 62 MeV proton beams are(More)
The study of the nuclear fragmentation process involves many fields of interest, from the hadrontherapy, the new frontier for cancer therapy, to the spatial vehicles shielding design, to work safely in space with acceptable risks from galactic cosmic ray. Indeed, the measure of the fragmentation cross sections is an important information to estimate how(More)
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