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Reports Outline Medical Physics Study Findings from University of Munich (Heavy ion radiography and tomography)

August 20, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Current study results on Health and Medicine have been published. According to news reporting out of Munich, Germany, by NewsRx editors, the research stated, "In the latest years, radiation therapy with ion beams has been rapidly spreading worldwide. This is mainly due to the favourable interaction properties of ion beams with matter, offering the possibility of more conformal dose deposition with superior sparing of healthy tissue in comparison to conventional photon radiation."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Munich, "Moreover, heavier ions like carbon offer a selective increase of biological effectiveness which can be advantageous for the treatment of tumours being resistant to sparsely ionizing radiation. However, full clinical exploitation of the advantages offered by ion beams is still challenged by the lack of exact knowledge of the beam range within the patient. Therefore, increasing research efforts are being devoted to the goal of reducing range uncertainties in ion beam therapy. In this context, ion transmission imaging is being recognized as a promising modality capable of providing valuable pre- (or even 'in-between') treatment information on the patient-specific stopping properties for indirect in-vivo range verification and low dose image guidance at the treatment site. The more recent availability of energetic ion beam sources at therapeutic treatment facilities, in combination with the advances in detector technologies and computational power, have considerably renewed the interest in this imaging technique."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Nowadays, many research efforts are being devoted to the development of novel detector prototypes for heavy ion radiography and tomography, as will be reviewed in this contribution."

For more information on this research see: Heavy ion radiography and tomography. Physica Medica-European Journal of Medical Physics, 2014;30(5):539-543. Physica Medica-European Journal of Medical Physics can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England (see also Health and Medicine).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting K. Parodi, University of Munich, Munich, Germany.

Keywords for this news article include: Munich, Europe, Germany, Health and Medicine

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