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Perspectives of Glioma Treatment with Boron Neutron Capture Therapy in Europe

  • D. Gabel
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Neurosurgery book series (NEURO, volume 20)

Abstract

Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is based on the high cross-section of the boron-10 nuclide for thermal neutrons. Upon capture, the boron nucleus disintegrates into highly energetic alpha- and lithium-7 particles. One event liberates enough energy to, in principle, kill a cell. The nuclides that are present in the body (hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon, oxygen) possess such low cross-sections for thermal neutrons that already modest amounts of boron (in the order of several tens of micrograms boron per gram tissue) suffice to deliver a substantially increased dose to that tissue.

Keywords

Thermal Neutron Neutron Beam Boron Neutron Capture Therapy Epithermal Neutron Boron Compound 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Gabel
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  1. 1.Neurochirurgische KlinikZentralkrankenhausBremenGermany

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