Medical Uses of Accelerators

  • James N. Bradbury


Particle accelerators, originally developed for research in Physics, are playing an increasingly important role worldwide in both routine medical applications and the testing of new medical techniques. Photon and electron beams produced by electron accelerators in the few hundred keV to 40 MeV range are in use at many medical centers for cancer radiotherapy. Accelerator-produced heavy particles including protons, neutrons, heavy ions, and negative pions are currently being evaluated for radiotherapy as a result of the improved dose localization and/or improved biological effect provided by these particles compared to conventional radiations.


Dose Distribution Bragg Peak Heavy Charged Particle Neutron Energy Spectrum Projectile Fragmentation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James N. Bradbury
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  1. 1.Loss Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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