Physics Parameters for an Epithermal—Neutron Beam at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) research in the United States has focused on the use of epithermal (0.5 eV to 10 key) neutron beams for treatment of certain highly-malignant primary brain tumors and possibly for treatment of metastatic malignant melanoma. Various types of epithermal neutron sources for BNCT have been proposed over the years. Reactor-based sources, accelerator-based sources, and radioactive neutron sources have all been extensively examined. The first practical, large-scale, epithermal neutron beam for BNCT was installed at the Brookhaven Medical Research Reactor (BMRR)1. This beam was designed and constructed in a cooperative effort between Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL). It has been used extensively for BNCT research activities conducted by INEL, BNL, and others.
KeywordsNeutron Beam Boron Neutron Capture Therapy Relative Biological Effectiveness Epithermal Neutron Brookhaven National Laboratory
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