Particle Accelerators in Medicine

  • Ervin B. PodgoršakEmail author
Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)


This chapter serves as introduction to particle accelerators used in medicine. Many types of particle accelerator were built for nuclear physics and particle physics research and most of them have also found some use in medicine, mainly for treatment of cancer. Two categories of particle accelerator are known: electrostatic and cyclic.


Linear Accelerator Particle Accelerator Multileaf Collimator Cold Cathode Cyclic Accelerator 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical PhysicsCentre universitaire de santé McGill, McGill University Health CentreMontréalCanada

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