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An Experimental Program for BNCT Using a Thermal Accelerator-Based Source and the Epithermal Facility at the Tapiro Reactor

  • S. Agosteo
  • P. Colautti
  • K. W. Burn
  • S. Cevolani
  • F. d’Errico
  • E. Fantuzzi
  • G. Fortuna
  • G. Gambarini
  • A. Pisent
  • G. Rosi
  • C. R. Rossi
  • R. Tinti
  • G. Tornielli

Abstract

An accelerator-based source of thermal neutrons for treating cutaneous melanoma is foreseen in the framework of the SPES project,1 proposing a facility for exotic nuclei production at the Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro (LNL) in Italy. The goal of the project, scheduled for the next five years (1999–2003), is the construction of a l0MeV proton/deuteron accelerator capable of delivering a current of 30 mA, consisting of a 5MeV Radio-Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) and of a Drift-Tube Linac (DTL). Part of the beam (1-3mA) delivered by the RFQ to the linear accelerator will be used for neutron production for BNCT, via the 9Be(p,n)9B and/or the 9Be(d,n)10B reactions. The BNCT facility which will be built at the LNL is intended to be in the framework of the TERA program for the realization of hadrontherapy facilities in Italy.2

Keywords

Cutaneous Melanoma Boron Neutron Capture Therapy Neutron Fluence Skin Melanoma Neutron Fluence Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Agosteo
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. Colautti
    • 3
  • K. W. Burn
    • 4
  • S. Cevolani
    • 4
  • F. d’Errico
    • 5
  • E. Fantuzzi
    • 6
  • G. Fortuna
    • 3
  • G. Gambarini
    • 7
    • 2
  • A. Pisent
    • 3
  • G. Rosi
    • 8
  • C. R. Rossi
    • 9
  • R. Tinti
    • 4
  • G. Tornielli
    • 10
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Ingegneria NueleareMilanoItaly
  2. 2.INFN Sezione di MilanoItaly
  3. 3.Laboratori Nazionali di LegnaroINFNLegnaroItaly
  4. 4.ENEA-ERG-SIECBolognaItaly
  5. 5.Department of Therapeutic Radiology Division of Radiological PhysicsYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  6. 6.ENEA-AMB-PRO-IRPBolognaItaly
  7. 7.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanoItaly
  8. 8.ENEA/INN-TECS. Maria di Galeria, RomeItaly
  9. 9.Dipartimento di Scienze Oncologiche e Chirurgiche Clinica Chirurgica IIUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly
  10. 10.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly

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