Health: TOP-IMPLART, progress in cancer treatment

ENEA is experimenting with a new technology allowing improved diagnostics in hadron therapy , a state-of-the-art technique for curing cancer. Thanks to the new solid - state luminescent radiation detectors, it will be possible to determine more accurately the shape and energy of proton beams, selectively targeting tumor cells and avoiding damage to healthy surrounding  tissue.

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Massimo Piccinini (ENEA) “As protons release most of their energy at the end of their journey in the body, by directing appropriately their energy it’s possible to kill mostly tumor cells located at a certain depth, sparing healthy cells located behind them”.

This novel technique was presented at the Conference “LIMS 2015”, held at the ENEA Frascati Research Center within the International Year of Light.

Massimo Piccinini (ENEA)“This detector, based on photoluminescence of colour centres in lithium fluoride, makes it possible to determine the transversal dimension of the beam, therefore its width , by acquiring an image stored in lithium fluoride thin films and to understand the need for a smaller beam to deliver radiation more accurately on a smaller tumor. This detector also allows to control the dose of protons released within the tumor”

The promising results of the laboratory tests have been recently published in the American journal  “Applied Physics Letters”. Future research, within the project “TOP-IMPLART” financed by the Latium Region,  will develop an innovative linear proton accelerator for radiotherapy cancer treatment at the Istituto Regina Elena di Roma. During the first tests conducted, this accelerator patented by ENEA reached an energy of 27 mega electron volts. In the next years it’s expected to accelerate proton beams at energy levels of 65 and subsequently 150 mega electron volts for curing eye tumors, childhood cancers and head tumors up to 15 cm depth.

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ENEA is experimenting with a new technology allowing improved diagnostics in hadron therapy , a state-of-the-art technique for curing cancer. Thanks to the new solid - state luminescent radiation detectors, it will be possible to determine more accurately the shape and energy of proton beams, selectively targeting tumor cells and avoiding damage to healthy surrounding  tissue. Massimo Piccinini (ENEA) “As protons release most of their energy at the end of their journey in the body, by directing appropriately their energy it’s possible to kill mostly tumor cells located at a certain depth, sparing healthy cells located behind them”. This novel technique was presented at the Conference “LIMS 2015”, held at the ENEA Frascati Research Center within the International Year of Light. Massimo Piccinini (ENEA) “This detector, based on photoluminescence of colour centres in lithium fluoride, makes it possible to determine the transversal dimension of the beam, therefore its width , by acquiring an image stored in lithium fluoride thin films and to understand the need for a smaller beam to deliver radiation more accurately on a smaller tumor. This detector also allows to control the dose of protons released within the tumor” The promising results of the laboratory tests have been recently published in the American journal  “Applied Physics Letters”. Future research, within the project “TOP-IMPLART” financed by the Latium Region,  will develop an innovative linear proton accelerator for radiotherapy cancer treatment at the Istituto Regina Elena di Roma. During the first tests conducted, this accelerator patented by ENEA reached an energy of 27 mega electron volts. In the next years it’s expected to accelerate proton beams at energy levels of 65 and subsequently 150 mega electron volts for curing eye tumors, childhood cancers and head tumors up to 15 cm depth.

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ENEA is experimenting with a new technology allowing improved diagnostics in hadron therapy , a state-of-the-art technique for curing cancer. Thanks to the new solid - state luminescent radiation detectors, it will be possible to determine more accurately the ...

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ENEA is experimenting with a new technology allowing improved diagnostics in hadron therapy , a state-of-the-art technique for curing cancer. Thanks to the new solid - state luminescent radiation detectors, it will be possible to determine more accurately the shape and energy of proton beams, selectively targeting tumor cells and avoiding damage to healthy surrounding  tissue.

Maurizio Piccini (ENEA) “As protons release most of their energy at the end of their journey in the body, by directing appropriately their energy it’s possible to kill mostly tumor cells located at a certain depth, sparing healthy cells located behind them”

This novel technique was presented at the Conference “LIMS 2015”, held at the ENEA Frascati Research Center within the International Year of Light.

Maurizio Piccini (ENEA)“This detector, based on photoluminescence of colour centres in lithium fluoride, makes it possible to determine the transversal dimension of the beam, therefore its width , by acquiring an image stored in lithium fluoride thin films and to understand the need for a smaller beam to deliver radiation more accurately on a smaller tumor. This detector also allows to control the dose of protons released within the tumor”

The promising results of the laboratory tests have been recently published in the American journal  “Applied Physics Letters”. Future research, within the project “TOP-IMPLART” financed by the Latium Region,  will develop an innovative linear proton accelerator for radiotherapy cancer treatment at the Istituto Regina Elena di Roma. During the first tests conducted, this accelerator patented by ENEA reached an energy of 27 mega electron volts. In the next years it’s expected to accelerate proton beams at energy levels of 65 and subsequently 150 mega electron volts for curing eye tumors, childhood cancers and head tumors up to 15 cm depth.

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