Radiation Therapy Using High-Energy Carbon Beams

  • T. Kanai
Part of the Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics book series (SSAOPP, volume 68)


Heavy-ion radiotherapy using high-energy carbon beams has been performed at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Japan. The physical frameworks for heavy-ion radiotherapy are established using an understanding of radiation physics. In this chapter, the biophysical and medical physics aspects of heavy-ion radiotherapy are presented. In order to increase the accuracy of heavy-ion radiotherapy, many physical problems should be solved. A calorimeter was developed to measure the absolute dose of the heavy-ion beams. From a comparison of the dosimetry, it was found that the dose indicated by the ionization chamber was underestimated by 3–4%. The clinical results of carbon therapy at heavy-ion medical accelerator in Chiba (HIMAC) are assessed using the linear-quadratic (LQ) model of radiation effect. Development of new scintillation and Rossi counters will allow simultaneous measurement of the radiation dose and quality of heavy-ion beams. Further research is required to provide a comprehensive biophysical model for clinical applications.


Bragg Peak Linear Energy Transfer Relative Biological Effectiveness Tumor Control Probability Radiation Quality 
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  • T. Kanai
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  1. 1.Heavy Ion Medical CenterGunma UniversityMaebashiJapan

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