Heavy-ion tumor therapy : Physical and radiobiological benefits

  title={Heavy-ion tumor therapy : Physical and radiobiological benefits},
  author={Dieter Schardt and Thilo Els{\"a}sser},
High-energy beams of charged nuclear particles !protons and heavier ions" offer significant advantages for the treatment of deep-seated local tumors in comparison to conventional megavolt photon therapy. Their physical depth-dose distribution in tissue is characterized by a small entrance dose and a distinct maximum !Bragg peak" near the end of range with a sharp fall-off at the distal edge. Taking full advantage of the well-defined range and the small lateral beam spread, modern scanning beam… CONTINUE READING
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