January 21, 2017

INSIDE in-beam PET monitors proton range

Hadron therapy is an advanced cancer treatment that employs beams of protons or carbon ions to deliver dose with sub-millimetre accuracy. The extreme precision of this approach, however, means that treatment can be compromised if the range of the charged particles differs from the treatment plan. As such, range verification techniques are under investigation, with PET imaging of positron emitters generated by the treatment beam already in clinical use. {read more here}